Media Monitor — 2013
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Columnist says the November deal was chosen by 48 per cent of respondents, more than double the votes for BlackBerry's latest swing at a recovery which received 23 per cent.
A Russian hacker took over a computer server at the BBC on Christmas Day and tried to sell access to other hackers, Reuters reports.
Heritage Minister Shelly Glover discusses whether the CBC will be subject to further cuts.
Preston Manning says that the ethics of both Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy are likely at least partially rooted in their training and experience as prominent members of the media.
Santa was generous with each of the NHLs teams this year.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting's Ian Morrison recalls the fight against Bill C-60 to defend CBC by Charlie Smith
FRIENDS has promised to take on Stephen Harper next year "for the damage he has done to the CBC".
Columnist says that although we are told that the mainstream media is credible, it largely serves a corporate agenda.
Broadcasters Ask Supreme Court To Rule On Aereo Before More 'Copycat' Services Launch by Wendy Davis
A group of broadcasters recently asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a pro-Aereo ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals which refused to stop Aereo from operating its service, which allows customers to stream over-the-air TV shows to iPhones, iPads and other devices.
Columnist says the media is the newsmaker of the year in Canada - in the literal sense of the word.
Cable and satellite companies will be required to offer Sun News Network and all other national television news channels for individual subscription or as part of a bundle starting next year.
The federal broadcast regulator says cable and satellite companies must give their customers the option of subscribing to any Canadian news service they want, either in bundles or a la carte, no later than next spring.
The CRTC says cable and satellite companies must give their customers the option of subscribing to any Canadian news service they want, either in bundles or a la carte, no later than next spring.
Columnist says even when meddling politicians go after CBC’s independence, reporters and producers are often reluctant to stand up for themselves.
A new report from Moody’s Investors Service says that Rogers Communications’ recent $5.2 billion NHL rights deal is likely to bring a response from federal regulators if it is perceived as negative for consumers.
Columnist says the Conservatives gave gave the new CRTC chair a very clear mandate to focus on consumers.
Research group says two thirds of Canadians do not want CBC to lose Hockey Night in Canada.
Columnist says that when James Moore said it's not his job to feed his neighbour's child, he was likely expressing an ideological belief that flourished among liberals in the 19th century and that is held today by many Conservatives.
Columnist says broadcasters are still beholden to US programming due to a 40-year-old policy.
A report on excessive severance payouts says the BBC is "the world’s leading public sector broadcaster," and the payments "put its reputation at risk."
The public broadcaster's senior management team will take on new roles and responsibilities with the new format.
FRIENDS TV ad, "The Man Behind the Desk" is selected as one of the top political ads of 2013 by Yahoo! Canada.
Columnist says if Ottawa and the CRTC want to shake up the way Canadians access television, they should also consider the gradual elimination of “simultaneous substitution” policies.
Donna Hay's Fast, Fresh, Simple is one of the shows that will be broadcast on a new, Canadian cooking and lifestyle network, Gusto TV, which debuts Dec. 11, 2013 on Bell Fibe TV and Bell satellite TV.
Columnist says Canadian taxpayers might well ask why they are footing the bill for advertising, whose main goal is to portray the Conservative government as a friend of the consumer.
The solution to the CBC budget crisis is obvious. Give it the contract for all partisan Tory advertising by Kelly McParland
Columnist asks if yet another analysis of the CBC necessary and whether there is any aspect of its operations that are not known and understood in Ottawa.
Columnist says the fewer the media outlets, the fewer choices Canadian journalists have in terms of full-time, part-time and freelance employment.
Columnist says that instead of funding a public television channel, the government should sell CBC’s broadcasting infrastructure — the network — to a private company or turned into a not-for-profit run with private donations.
PRESS RELEASE: Cuts to ethnic programming by Rogers lead CRTC to call OMNI stations to early renewal hearing, raising concerns about lack of local programming
Unifor, the union representing staff at most of Canada's private television stations, applauds the decision by the CRTC to call the five OMNI TV stations licensed to Rogers Broadcasting Ltd to an early public hearing to account for deep cuts to OMNI's ethnic programming announced in late May 2013.
Columnist asks whether provided a more suitable mandate, is the CBC capable of turning things around into something that a critical mass of Canadians will support?
Netflix Canada, CBC Make A Deal: 'Murdoch Mysteries' Set To Stream, Among Other Shows by Chris Jancelewicz
The expanded licensing agreement includes new seasons of currently available CBC TV shows on Netflix, including "Republic Of Doyle," "Heartland," "Mr. D," "Dragons' Den" as well as "Murdoch Mysteries" for the first time.
The biggest loss to the CBC in the Rogers/NHL deal is that it will no longer be able to access a working-class crowd because this very important Canadian audience only gravitated to CBC for HNIC and the presence of Don Cherry.
The New Jersey-based Italian-American One Voice Coalition (IAOVC) is accusing FRIENDS of using ugly stereotypes in an ad depicting Stephen Harper as a Godfather figure who deploys Mafia thugs to silence journalists.
Columnist says the unusual hybrid status of CBC-TV, as both public broadcaster and advertising-driven network, means that it can and must air provocative, challenging, cable-quality drama.
Columnist says that with Don Cherry's future in doubt on Hockey Night in Canada in the wake of Rogers' purchase of national rights for NHL broadcasts, the CBC will come under scrutiny from a Senate in an upcoming review of the public broadcaster.
Columnist says the internet is disrupting video entertainment as we know it.
Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition calls on Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to halt TV commercial stereotyping Italian Americans
The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition takes issue with The Man Behind the Desk, FRIENDS' satirical television ad.
Columnist says the Rogers' coup may not have happened had Bell and CBC's joint bid for Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Olympic rights not collapsed in June 2012.
In its latest round of funding, Rogers has announced that 11 projects will share $3,158,790 in equity investment via its Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund.
How new CEO Guy Laurence plans to shake up the game at Rogers by Rita Trichur, Iain Marlow and Paul Waldie
Columnist says the telecom firm is experiencing slowing growth in its core businesses, while seeing its industry leading metrics, including customer retention, gradually eroded by competition.
Marketers suggest Don Cherry’s special status makes it hard to reshape HNIC with him.
FRIENDS says the CBC has been handed a 48 window of opportunity to consider a future without professional hockey.
Columnist says the road to winning over Gary Bettman for a $5.2-billion rights deal, the biggest in NHL's history, started in the boardroom known as “HockeyCentral.”
Reader says the recent loss of NHL income to CBC TV means the mother corporation will be proportionately more dependent on its shrinking public subsidy.
Despite losing NHL broadcast rights to Rogers, the CBC still sees value in maintaining the Hockey Night in Canada brand.
Columnist says Don Cherry's status as an icon of Canadian TV hockey may prove to be his downfall as the groundbreaking deal between Rogers Communications and CBC ushers in a new era of Hockey Night in Canada.
The broadcast and multimedia rights agreement, announced in Toronto by Rogers executives and top NHL brass, gives Rogers Communications the Canadian rights to all NHL games across all platforms in all languages.
Columnist says Rogers’ willingness to pay a record price for NHL rights comes down to protecting its core business – its 2.2 million cable subscribers, nearly 10 million wireless subscribers, its TV shows it produces and the lucrative revenue stream this represents.
Columnist says because CBC has a government-mandated hybrid setup that forces it to compete in the commercial space while also fulfilling a public-service mandate, it has always tried to find the balance between the two.
Editorial says the news that Rogers Communications will pay $5.2-billion for the main NHL programming rights for the next 12 years, displacing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, marks the loss of the CBC’s most popular program.
Columnist says Canadian content rules have been in place for TV broadcasters since the 1960s, born out of the belief that Canadians needed to see their culture reflected back to them when they turned on their TV.
Columnist says the CBC has always employed the strategy of protecting what they have instead of making a case for why a national broadcaster is a public benefit.
New radio series looks at the importance of public broadcasting.
CBC President Hubert Lacroix says The CBC is "not in a position to spend taxpayers money on this game of high stakes."
According to a 2012 Friends of Canadian Broadcasting analysis, losing hockey will cost the CBC around $200 million a year.
Editorial says the NHL-Rogers deal is a major blow to the prestige of the CBC, but that the corporation's relevance to Canadians has been declining for decades.
DHX Media has acquired Family Channel and three other properties from Bell Media after they went on the auction block earlier this year following BCE’s $3.38 billion purchase of Astral Media.
The Halifax-based company is noted for the creation, production and licensing of popular children's shows, such as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies and Inspector Gadget, but has never before owned a TV channel.
Columnist says The National Hockey League and Rogers dealt a severe blow to the CBC, announcing a 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement that grants NHL broadcasting rights to Rogers.
Columnist says one can sympathise with the BBC struggling against its metropolitan biases but it can do no other than have them.
The deal gives Rogers national rights to all NHL games, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms in all languages.
Rogers Communications and the National Hockey League announce a landmark 12-year broadcast and multimedia agreement that includes all national rights to NHL games on all platforms in all languages.
Rogers Communications is to pay the National Hockey League $5.2 billion over 12 years to secure all national rights to NHL games on all platforms in all languages.
The Canadian Journalists for Free Expression says Canadians are not aware of how Bill C-461 will change the Access to Information and the Privacy Acts in ways that could undermine the journalistic and programming integrity of Canada's public broadcaster.
FRIENDS says bundling has served Canadians well and gives value to subscribers.
A memo from CBC president Hubert Lacroix regarding Rogers aquisition of NHL hockey broadcasting rights in Canada.
Rogers Communications Inc. RCI.B.T -1.03% and the National Hockey League on Tuesday reached a 5.2-billion-Canadian-dollar (US$4.93 billion) deal that gives Rogers sweeping media rights to NHL games in Canada and underscores the importance of the hockey-mad Canadian market to the NHL's coffers.
Rogers Communications has announced it has signed a deal to pay $5.2 billion over 12 years to secure all national rights for National Hockey League games in Canada, sub-licensing rights to the CBC for Hockey Night in Canada and playoff games to the pubcaster and French-language multimedia rights to Quebecor’s TVA.
Columnist says Rogers’ new $5.2 billion, 12-year deal, sewing up all things NHL in Canada is likely to have a massive effect on the national broadcaster.
The CBC and the Canadian Media Guild have signed a tentative five-year deal that includes a 1.5 % salary increase in each of the first two years.
Former Heritage Minister James Moore says, “It’s for [the CBC] to find their relevance, present it to Canadians, and if Canadians support it, they’ll continue funding it. If not, it will disappear."
Advocacy groups says Canadians are not aware of how Bll C-461 will change the Access to Information and the Privacy Acts in ways that could undermine the journalistic and programming integrity of Canada’s public broadcaster, the CBC/Radio-Canada.
New website celebrates the role the CBC plays in the social fabric of Canada through in-depth conversations with the voices and personalities who bring us together from coast to coast to coast.
PRESS RELEASE: American Station Owners Welcome Review of Canadian TV System and Bilateral U.S.-Canada Discussions on TV Retransmission Issues
A coalition of American over-the-air television stations expresses support for the CRTC’s review of the Canadian television system, and welcomes news of bilateral consultations between the United States and Canada on the retransmission of television broadcast signals.
Columnist says it is not the responsibility of readers to pick apart the reported statements of their elected officials to find lies - that’s the job of media, and it’s time they started doing it.
Columnist says the BBC to get better at listening, and trusting in order to improve its corporate culture.
The CRTC has begun a year-long process that starts with asking Canadians about their viewing habits and will end with public hearings on specific changes to its rules.
Columnist says watching television on the Internet is cheap and convenient, but so far only a small number of Canadians have cut the cord on traditional viewing as TV providers offer discount prices and spend more on programs to keep customers who pay bigger monthly bills.
BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand has appointed Natalie Edgar, the Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s deputy controller at ABC1, to the position of director of television.
Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says the federal government has asked the CRTC to prepare a report on how pick-and-pay television service might work and what steps might have to be taken to unbundle TV services.
Columnist says Saskatoon's commercial radio stations are more profitable than ever, but Canadian broadcast regulators say the booming city can't handle a new radio station.
The CRTC has released findings about Saskatoon's capacity to support new commercial radio stations.
Columnist says there are high hopes at Rogers Communications Inc. that British telecom executive Guy Laurence has the expertise to solve the cable and wireless giant’s customer loyalty problems once he starts the top job later this year.
Columnist says that in a digital age it's unhealthy for the BBC to spend the whole licence fee.
The federal government is directing the CRTC to conduct a full investigation into the impact of unbundling cable TV channels.
Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says she has asked the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to prepare a report on so-called pick-and-pay television services.
James Moore tells wireless giants to improve rural web access.
Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says the request to the CRTC is in no ways an indication the government is having second thoughts about unbundling.
Mobilicity, which won court protection from creditors in late September, is assessing its alternatives after the federal government denied Telus Corp.’s second attempt to purchase the small carrier.
Columnist says the federal government is cracking down on telecom carriers that hoard valuable spectrum licences as an industry battle heats up over the future of those publicly-owned assets.
The formal review of BBC One, Two, Three and Four will also be open to input from the British public.
CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais has launched Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians about the future of television in this country.
Turning the Tablo on TV broadcasters: Canadian company looks to change who we watch TV by Vito Pilieci
Nuvyyo quietly launched a campaign on crowdfunding website Indiegogo Friday, with the intention of raising $50,000 and getting a few of its new Tablo devices into the hands of average consumers.
Columnist says the crisis affecting Mr. Ford’s administration, and the way it was covered, is beginning to look like an improbable case study in how the media might find their way back.
Roger Mosey suggests in an editorial in Rupert Murdoch's "Times" of London that the U.K. public broadcaster should share the license fee it gets from taxpayers with rivals.
Part Three of an exclusive look at Leonard Asper’s losing battle to keep control of the Canwest family dynasty as revealed in his extensive business journals.
Columnist says the introduction of new two-year cellphone contracts slowed subscriber growth for some of Canada’s biggest carriers during the back-to-school season, a sign that consumers are spurning those higher-priced plans even before they become the industry standard in December.
Columnist says a report by the public broadcaster's governing body says mistakes were made and criticized a lack of scrutiny of the travel guide's financial performance.
BCE profit is down as it pays $230M regulatory charge in Astral Media takeover.
Torstar Corp. posted a $70.8-million loss as the print advertising market continued to erode and a shift away from books took its toll on its Harlequin division.
Crisis Lines, Part 2: Inside Leonard Asper’s fight to win back his family’s TV empire by Theresa Tedesco
Part Two of an exclusive look at Leonard Asper’s losing battle to keep control of the Canwest family dynasty as revealed in his extensive business journals.
While hacking cases have focused on allegations against the shuttered "News of the World," the publisher of the "Daily Mirror" now also faces litigation.
Columnist says layoff notices were handed out at Rogers Media Inc. as the company tries to retool its media properties amid declining advertising revenue.
Columnist says Magazines Canada, an industry trade group, advised Canadian publishers to walk away from an agreement with the company whose software makes the publications available because of delivery problems.
Mondo Media, producer of the YouTube hit Happy Tree Friends, is teaming up with Toronto-based Blue Ant Media for a $3-million project to turn up to 30 pitches from Canadian writers and producers into pilots for shows.
Crisis Lines, Part 1: Inside Leonard Asper’s private struggle to save one of Canada’s most influential companies by Theresa Tedesco
Part One of an exclusive look at Leonard Asper’s losing battle to keep control of the Canwest family dynasty as revealed in his extensive business journals.
The telecommunications company says that the job cuts are spread across the country at the broadcast TV divisions of Citytv and OMNI, as well as radio stations and magazines like Maclean's and Chatelaine.
Columnist says Chinese authorities are attempting to scrub information they deem harmful, illegal or false from the public domain, especially from the Internet.
Across Canada, 94 employees of Rogers’ media division have been canned in an effort to lower expenses.
Columnist says the move comes hours after a court reversed the decision to fire 1,000 employees, forcing debt-strapped officials to resume paying their salaries.
Columnist says Sun News wants less repetitive news and more analysis, and will dedicate more of its daytime hours to opinion-based journalism in a bid to differentiate itself from news channels operated by CTV and CBC.
The BBC says its veteran TV and radio presenter Paul Gambaccini has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences.
Columnist says the investigation was triggered by the abuse scandal surrounding late BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile.
Columnist says speaking truth to power has been the signature of the CRTC since Mr. Blais was appointed to a five-year term as chairman in 2012.
A U.S. fund manager has acquired about 19 per cent of Postmedia Network Canada, owner of several major Canadian newspapers including the National Post.
Conservative Party Convention - The CSN condemns the premeditated annihilation of the CBC/Radio-Canada
The Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) says it condemns a series of resolutions tabled at the Conservative Party convention that focus on the eradication of the sole Canadian public broadcaster.
Ontario will soon join three other provinces with new rules for wireless contracts that the governing Liberals say will end the "horror stories" consumers report after opening their cellphone bills.
Delivering a lecture at Sydney's Lowy Institute, the media mogul celebrated the business opportunities inherent in the disruptive forces of technology and touted the value of a free press.
According to the CRTC, SaskTel claims its billing system is "not technically capable of monitoring data roaming and data overage charges in real time."
Columnist says there is great value in having a strong public broadcaster in such a diverse and vast country, but the 2012 federal budget took a sharp knife to CBC’s budget, cutting it by more than 10 per cent.
Columnist says the road to winning over Gary Bettman for a $5.2-billion rights deal, the biggest in NHL's history, started in the boardroom known as “HockeyCentral.”
Bell Canada’s recently announced plan to collect and analyze data from millions of customers is prompting public complaints, warnings from privacy advocates and has caught the attention of both the federal privacy commissioner and the CRTC.
The CBC says profit margins from airing NHL hockey had dwindled due to the cost of getting exclusive rights.
The chairman of Britain's ruling Conservative Party has called on the BBC to ensure dramatic changes in the wake of a series of scandals or risk losing its exclusive right to get an annual license fee from taxpayers.
Phone-hacking allegations during the summer of 2011 sent shock waves across Rupert Murdoch's media empire.
The CRTC has opened what it hopes will be a month-long dialogue among Canadians about how they watch TV.
Editorial says the CRTC has created the rules that make a full menu of à la carte TV channels impossible.
The head of Canada's broadcasting regulator anticipates difficult "trade-offs" as Canadians clamour for cheaper television amid a proliferation of online services such as Netflix and a desire to protect jobs.
Columnist says the planned scope of Bell’s profiling is unprecedented in Canada, reflecting the power of a vertically-integrated media giant.
Postmedia Network Canada Corp. posted a $36-million loss in the last quarter, citing weakness in all of its major advertising categories.
The CRTC has officially launched its “Let’s Talk TV” campaign, hoping to engage Canadians over the next month in a conversation about how they watch television.
CBC strives for deeper connection with Canadians; hopes it won't have to go to "Plan B" without NHL by Greg O'Brien
CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix says the public broadcaster is now “more present in the regions, more connected with our audiences” than at any point in its history.
The CRTC lauches Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians, a discussion about the future of Canada’s television system.
CRTC announces details of TV industry review, plans public hearings for fall 2014 by Christine Dobby
Canada’s broadcast regulator has unveiled new details surrounding its upcoming review of country’s television sector starting with a consultation with the public with plans to culminate in a public hearing next fall.
The president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation defended his decision on Wednesday to hire Heather Conway, an executive at the Art Gallery of Ontario who has never worked in either radio or television programming, to head up the public broadcaster’s English-language services.
After a year of scandals, the new BBC boss and the head of its governing body answers questions about executive salaries, severance payments and bullying.
The Culture, Media and Sport committee will analyze BBC funding, plans and the public broadcaster's Royal Charter, before the current one expires in December of 2016.
Netflix CEO says those who cancel their subscriptions in favour of alternative services are still largely a fringe group on the edges of television.
Netflix's shares have shot up almost 440 per cent in the last year.
On October 24 the CRTC will launch its ”Conversation With Canadians” on the Future of TV and the expectation is that channel unbundling is going to be the biggest consumer concern.
Columnist says the long road to Ted Cruz, Fox News, the Tea Party and right-wing insanity has its roots in the events of 1973.
As Ottawa looks to mandate pick-and-pay, industry players are debating how American programming suppliers will react.
Industry watchers say mandating more choice on an à la carte basis may threaten the existence of some niche channels that rely on inclusion in a popular bundle for their survival and prices may be little changed.
James Moore says Canadians could soon pick and pay for the Canadian and American TV channels they want, and not see them bundled with less popular domestic channels for protection and promotion.
Columnist says Rogers Communications Inc. is looking to strike it big in the oil patch, with a $700-million investment that will see its cellphone network extended to the far reaches of Alberta.
Columnists say CBC's new VP of English Services will need to strike a balance between reality shows that draw large audiences, and the type of documentary and scripted shows that advance the public broadcaster’s mission of informing and enlightening Canadians about their country and their place in the world.
Ms. Conway replaces Kirstine Stewart, who left CBC in the spring to become the first head of Twitter Canada.
Columnist says communications industry revenue is up based on demand for data, faster broadband speeds.
Columnist says Rogers Media is taking a lesson from its parent company’s cable division, as it bundles all of its magazines into a single digital monthly subscription package that will also include dozens of American titles such as Rolling Stone and The New Yorker.
A report says Twitter, YouTube and other "digital platforms" are changing the way companies do business, creating jobs, and adding economic value.
Heather Conway has been picked as the next executive vice-president of English-language services of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The CRTC estimates that Netflix Inc.’s explosive Canadian growth has seen the online service activated in about 17 per cent of Canadian homes.
Columnist says no public broadcaster should be striking secret deals with their subjects over news content.
Chris Patten discusses challenges and a possible renaissance of the BBC and European public broadcasters, calling for "the courage to champion big ideas."
Columnist says Parks Canada struck a secret deal with CBC to grant it the exclusive broadcast rights to the search for the sunken ships of the ill-fated Franklin expedition, and then paid CBC to take those rights.
CBC denies accepting money from Parks Canada in exchange for positive stories.
Columnist says she was scheduled to speak on The Current, until its producer realized she might mention Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.
Columnist says the CRTC is reconsidering how Canadian television news channels are offered to consumers, to address complaints by Sun News that existing arrangements offer no way to increase carriage fees from the cable and satellite companies that bring its signal into Canadian homes.
Columnist says the project will focus on the "quality and distinctiveness" of the U.K. public broadcaster's journalism and its ability to adapt to changing viewer habits.
Mindell replaces Malcolm Dunlop, a mainstay of the LA Screenings who left the broadcaster on Aug. 30 after a three-decade career.
Columnist says Bell is giving in to pressure from its subscribers and has announced that it is lowering the cost of its most popular out-of-country plans.
British telecom executive Guy Laurence won the top job at Rogers Communications Inc. with a focus on the customer.
Columnist says that as Rogers Communications Inc. zeroes in on hiring a new leader, the company’s media division is likely to feature prominently in any discussions with a would-be successor despite its relatively small place in the firm’s empire.
Shaw Media will make television programs available on mobile devices, joining cable and satellite companies scrambling to keep subscribers loyal by giving them more control over how they watch their favourite television shows.
Executive who rebuilt Vodafone pegged to be next Rogers CEO by Rita Trichur, Steve Ladurantaye and Grant Robertson
Columnist says Rogers Communications Inc. is nearing the end of its search for a new chief executive officer, and a British telecom executive has emerged as the front-runner for one of corporate Canada’s biggest jobs.
Columnist says members of a committee of the British parliament grilled current and former BBC top executives about excessive severance payments to former managers at the public broadcaster.
Videotron has applied to the CRTC for a licence to launch an English-language community TV channel.
Five employees have bought the Town Crier chain of community newspapers at an auction after the sudden bankruptcy of Multimedia Nova this summer.
The Shopping Channel is being rebranded as its parent company unleashes a massive campaign on 24 television stations, 50-plus radio stations and dozens of magazines in an effort to persuade more women to spend less time in malls and more time watching television.
Tony Hall got $38,000 beyond his guaranteed payment when he left the U.K. public broadcaster to run the Royal Opera House.
European Public Broadcasters' Crisis: After Abuse Scandal, BBC Set to Focus on Future Funding by Georg Szalai
Columnist says the BBC, now led by director Tony Hall, must negotiate a new charter by 2017.
The commercial arm of the British public broadcaster wants to spend the bulk of a targeted $312 million-plus in the current fiscal year with independent producers.
Inability to reach a deal had prevented several million households in major cities like New York and Dallas from viewing CBS television shows.
FRIENDS filed a petition with the Privy Council Office in July, asking the cabinet to order the commission to take another look at the ruling.
Columnist says that in suggesting that CBC become a collection of subscription-based channels, Andrew Coyne fails to see that the same market dynamic is at work there as in advertising-supported TV -- i.e. the need to maximize audiences as a way of achieving peak profits.
Columnist questions if the CBC documentary about Lester B. Pearson had run as scheduled, would his reputation have been so deeply damaged that he and his ministers would not have had the moral authority and political stature to push through the Flag Act, the Canada Pension Plan and universal Medicare as we know them.
Canada’s broadcast regulator could soon find itself regulating roaming rates, just months after introducing new rules that made it more difficult for cellphone users to accidentally run up gigantic bills when using the phones out of the country.
Information and analytics provider IHS says subscriptions to pay-TV in Canada fell by 10,810 in the second quarter of the year, with gains in the Internet Protocol television (IPTV) segment failing to offset losses in both cable and satellite.
Columnist says Verizon Communications Inc. could put its Canadian expansion plans on the shelf to focus on buying out its British partner and taking full control of its U.S. wireless business.
Canada’s broadcast regulator is raising questions about the relationship between Shaw Communications Inc. and Corus Entertainment Inc. as it prepares to review Corus’s $494-million acquisition of several television channels from BCE Inc.
Even if it was an open telecom market, would Ottawa really let outsiders take over? by Christine Dobby
George Cope, chief executive BCE Inc., says opening up investment restrictions would not result in a level playing field for BCE, since he doubts Ottawa would ever approve its sale to a foreigner.
The Canadian Media Guild says it has started discussions with CBC/Radio-Canada management on the next collective agreement.
Columnist asks why wouldn't Ottawa allow an open market for all wireless carriers if it believes in putting consumers first?
The $228 annual fee provides more than $5 billion of the public broadcaster's budget and has to be paid by any household watching live TV in the U.K.
Rogers CEO warns spectrum auction could result in slower wireless speeds by Steve Ladurantaye and Steven Chase
Rogers says millions of Canadians are likely to find their wireless speeds lagging behind if Verizon Communications Inc. makes its way to Canada.
The CRTC is allowing the public broadcaster to start selling ads, with restrictions.
Columnist says he supports the concept of the CBC as a public institution to help Canadians get ahead and to support Canadian endeavours.
Knell will exit his post in the fall to become president/CEO of the National Geographic Society.
According to a recent cross-platform survey across the U.S. by ratings measurement agency Nielsen, average television consumption is up nearly two hours a month with the average viewer now watching 157 hours and 32 minutes a month.
The Globe and Mail, Canada’s highest-distribution national newspaper, has announced that it will cease daily delivery to the entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as to a handful of isolated towns in British Columbia.
Columnist says the BBC is in such a state of flux that it is sending a team around the world to consult globally about the future of public broadcasting.
Columnist says BCE board member Anthony Fell did not merely accuse the government of arrogance and hint that the newly-appointed James Moore is an imposter when it comes to telecom expertise, but did it with BCE’s assent.
Former CBC VP of English Services says she didn’t leave the public broadcaster out of frustration, but rather to seize a rare opportunity.
Columnist says in a deal that may signal the start of a new era of competition for entrenched cable and satellite providers, Viacom has tentatively agreed to let its popular cable channels — like Nickelodeon and MTV — be carried by an Internet TV service that Sony is creating.
Quebec Media Inc. chairman says that if the government is still committed to enabling the Canadian-controlled market entrants to establish themselves in the marketplace, it should give serious thought to changing the rules of the next auction and reserving a block of spectrum exclusively for them.
MP says Bill 60 ensures that Canada's democratically elected government of the day has the ability to exercise a negotiating mandate that is affordable to taxpayers and does not interfere with editorial independence of the CBC.
The BBC denies claims that $232,000 (£150,000) were wasted on partying in Thailand as part of a TV show shoot.
New research suggests that, while overall numbers are still small, the phenomenon known as “cord-cutting” is showing signs of accelerating in the Canadian TV market.
Rogers Communications calls for Ottawa to deny favorable treatment as American carrier looks to enter the local market and buy upstart Wind Mobile.
Columnist says Canadians will not be compelled to pay for an all-Canadian movie channel and Sun News Network, a loss-making conservative 24/7 all-news channel seeking a guaranteed audience.
Britain's finance watchdog recently found that the U.K. public broadcaster gave former top executives higher payouts than contractually required.
The Prime Minister says he is more interested in promoting competition than in protecting the big domestic telecom companies.
Columnist says MP Dean Del Mastro recently encouraged Peterborough to apply to Canadian Heritage’s Cultural Capitals of Canada program which was cancelled as part of the 2012 budget.
Columnist says the unprofitable channel won’t get any financial help from Canada’s broadcast regulator, throwing its future into doubt just two years after it went to air with a promise of “hard news and straight talk."
Columnist says media division revenue fell 10 per cent in latest quarter and ad revenue declined 14 per cent.
Following several high-profile teen suicides in Canada and Britain, a Vancouver-based children’s online safety group is calling on Canada’s communication regulator to oversee social media websites that allow anonymous users.
The CRTC has invited Canadians to participate in a review of its policy on the licensing of Canadian national news television services.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved a limited number of applications for mandatory distribution on cable and satellite companies’ digital basic television service.
The CRTC has denied Sun News Network's bid for mandatory-carriage status.
The CRTC has rejected a dozen bids for inclusion on basic cable packages, including one by Sun News Network, which had argued it was being treated unfairly by television providers, some of which refused to carry its signal.
Columnist says until we’ve weaned ourselves off of their American counterparts, then Canadian networks will be unlikely to stump up the cash to produce quality original programming of our own.
Columnist says CBC has one month to lock up NHL games or risk losing package to Bell Media.
Columnist says the rationale Ottawa used to deny homegrown firms goes out the window if Verizon succeeds in its bid to take over Mobilicity.
FRIENDS says the recent rejection of one of its ads by CBC/Radio-Canada is evidence the public broadcaster’s independence is being undermined by increased government control.
As it unveils premiere dates for rookie and returning series, Bell Media says it will have 17.5 simulcast hours on CTV from September, and 13 simulcast hours on CTV Two.
Green party candidate Taylor Howarth is urging supporters to complain to the CRTC after she was shut out of a live debate that aired Tuesday morning on CBC Radio.
CEO of CBS Inc. says the same number of viewers watch a hit TV program today as did 20 years ago.
The new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages says CBC programming is so critical to some remote communities that they couldn’t get by without it.
Columnist says that if the CBC were to become an advertising-free service, a more truly accountable public broadcaster would be the result.
The creators of a new commercial station, awarded a CRTC license last fall, hope to cater to fans of new artists when Indie88 begins playing music.
Columnist says if the CBC were to become an advertising-free service, a more truly accountable public broadcaster would be the result.
Columnist says the new station is expected to officially launch in October using a “superstation” format, augmenting music with reality, comedy, drama movies and other scripted shows.
Columnist says better competition is something Canadian consumer advocates like Open Media, and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre have been demanding for years.
Columnist says that shifting audience habits, fuelled by viewing-on-demand and the ever-shortening window between a movie's theatrical release and its appearance on iTunes, Netflix and other online services, is prompting a tectonic shift in Hollywood's business model.
OPINION: Closure of community newspapers represents a darker and more serious trend by Robert Washburn
Columnist says each time jobs are lost, fewer reporters are left to cover the news, meaning newsrooms are stretched and the quality of news comes under even greater pressures.
Columnist says Quebecor Inc. will set up a new division to help it review and understand the digital changes hobbling its Sun Media newspaper division.
Columnist says a series of scandals and chronic mismanagement at Germany's public networks have led to a noticeable drop in the number of films, both U.S. and German fare, they acquire for broadcast.
Host says FRIENDS wants government influence out of the CBC except when it comes to giving them billions of taxpayers' dollars.
CBC and Radio-Canada won't air TV commercial criticizing federal influence on public broadcaster by Eric Mark Do
FRIENDS says the ad targets a new law which came out of Bill C-60, an omnibus budget bill, that "gives the government the right to be present at the bargaining table, giving it unprecedented involvement and control of crown corporations" including the CBC.
Former CBC President says its decision not to run ads critical of Bill C-60 is the only proper and correct action it could have taken.
Ads against the government refused by SRC.
FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is encroaching on the CBC’s independence and has produced an ad in which a journalist is seen questioning a prime minister who bears a resemblance to Mr. Harper.
FRIENDS spokesperson says “I’m a little surprised and disappointed that they wouldn’t take our money for the ads. It proves our point a little bit about the nature of the problem.”
FRIENDS says a new ad campaign to "Free the CBC" from political interference will not air on the public broadcaster's programs.
FRIENDS says it will try to place the ads on TV and has budgeted about $60,000 for the effort, which is higher than any previous TV campaign it has waged.
The CBC has refused to air television ads that challenge the Conservative government's takeover of the national public broadcaster.
FRIENDS says Stephen Harper will have more control over what's on the air when his government takes direct control of the wages and working conditions of all CBC staff as Bill C-60 becomes law.
FRIENDS says CBC’s refusal to run the ad is a strong indication to the degree which the CBC is under the influence of the government.
CBC has refused to air an advertisement created by FRIENDS that is critical of the Conservative government’s meddling in the public broadcaster’s affairs.
FRIENDS is lobbying against parts of the government's omnibus Bill C-60, passed in June, which give the Treasury Board a role in the CBC's contract negotiations.
The CBC has refused to air an advertisement produced by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting which challenges the government’s takeover of the national public broadcaster, saying it could imply endorsement of the group’s campaign.
FRIENDS is disappointed at CBC's rejection of the their new ad campaign, which is meant to highlight how the Conservative government is "gradually transforming the CBC from an independent public broadcaster into something that is approaching a state broadcaster."
Columnist says the CRTC regulates the cost of local calls at pay phones. But long-distance calls at pay phones are not regulated and can be higher than you expect.
Columnist says Shelly Glover’s actions at Canadian Heritage could have a lasting impact on the nation’s cultural scene.
The campaign takes aim at omnibus budget legislation Bill C-60, a section of which allows government to sit in on the collective bargaining negotiations of Crown corporations, including the CBC.
Newly appointed Heritage Minister says "we need a broadcaster that is fair and that is balanced, and CBC is so intricately important to my Francophone communities, particularly those that are in minority situations.”
Columnist says Telus CEO Darren Entwistle is poised for a fight, including possible legal action against the feds if they continue to show favour to foreign entrants by preventing the Big Three incumbents from having an equitable opportunity to purchase spectrum assets from small carriers once a federal ban on such deals expires in 2014.
Columnist says that the original series "House of Cards" garnering 14 Emmy nomminations is another reminder that Netflix and its peers are in the early days of upending the broadcast and cable sector.
A Greek court reversed a government decision to shut down the ERT network, ordering the state broadcaster back on air while it restructures.
Columnist says additional planned ad cuts for France Televisions were deemed too risky to the stations' financial health.
Darren Entwistle says he can live with Verizon coming to Canada and competing with Telus, but he does not want the government to give a company that is larger than all of Canada’s major telcos combined special advantages that he argues were designed to help nurture start-up wireless companies.
Maria Miller pushes for more action against sports anchor John Inverdale after he describes tennis star Marion Bartoli as "not a looker."
Tony Hall responds to the U.K. culture minister's call for action against John Inverdale, who described tennis star Marion Bartoli as "not a looker."
The CRTC has ruled that Bell Canada and its regional affiliates cannot raise the cost of a public payphone call to $1 for cash payment and $2 for plastic, from the current rate of 50¢ and $1 respectively.
Columnist says that in the latest showdown between a broadcaster and a cable system, CBS has initiated an ad campaign to try to pressure Time Warner Cable to make a deal on fees for three of its major stations, with the implied threat that Time Warner subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas will otherwise lose access to CBS shows.
Columnist says Conservative-held ridings are being hit the hardest by the Sun Media chain's decision to shutter eight community newspapers across the country — including a pair founded more than century ago.
The BBC on Tuesday said in its annual report that public trust was "recovering to previous levels" after "one of the most turbulent years" in the history of the U.K. public broadcaster.
In another win for Barry Diller’s IAC-backed Aereo Inc, a U.S. appeals court declines to rehear an appeal by the major broadcasters seeking to temporarily shut down the online television start-up.
The CRTC has blocked a plan to raise the cost of a local pay phone call to $1, up from 50 cents today.
Columnist says the payphone could become even harder to find after the country’s telecommunications regulator rejected Bell Canada’s request to double the cost of a call to $1.
Columnist says Canada’s largest chain of newspapers is cutting hundreds of jobs and closing several publications to deal with plummeting profits, the second time in less than a year that Sun Media has slashed its staff aggressively to deal with falling print advertising revenue.
Chris Patten, who served as governor of Hong Kong before its handover to China, has been criticized for the broadcaster's handling of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal and higher-than-promised severance payouts for former top executives.
Glover, the parliamentary member for Saint Boniface since 2008, replaces James Moore who moves over to the industry minister portfolio, which was filled by Christian Paradis.
The public broadcaster says in its annual report that it has spent $8 million on probes tied to the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal and reports mixed financials.
The public broadcaster says in its annual report that it has spent $8 million on probes tied to the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal and reports mixed financials.
Police officials are investigating a fresh batch of allegations made against the former host who was previously sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Columnist says the Canadian government has named Shelly Glover, a former undercover cop, to police taxpayer dollars going into the country’s film and TV sectors.
A law prohibiting the US Government's broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences has come to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed, resulting in the unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption.
The director generals of 50 European TV and radio broadcasters have called on the Greek government to reopen its state broadcaster, ERT, after Athens pulled the plug on the network.
Columnist says a new austerity-driven budget by French President Francois Hollande and the loss of revenue stemming from a 2009 ad ban on pubwebs passed by his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy has forced state-owned broadcaster France Televisions into crisis mode.
Radio-Canada changes its tone.
Former BBC director general Mark Thompson has contradicted comments from the head of the U.K. public broadcaster's governing body about severance payments that exceeded contractual obligations.
An umbrella group representing Canadian media workers has pulled out of the International Federation of Journalists to protest what it calls the “illegitimate” election of its president.
Columnist says that aside from news programming, very few English-language shows are produced in Montreal.
Corus says that its net income attributable to shareholders is $89.9-million or $1.07 per diluted share in the three months ended May 31.
Mobilicity adjourns debtholder vote as it continues takeover talks with ‘multiple parties’ by Christine Dobby
Columinst says the goverment would welcome a sale by Mobilicity as it promotes a policy for the wireless sector closely linked to drumming up greater competition.
Columnist says that while spinning Beyblade toys were once the rage with kids, their fading popularity is becoming a pain in the side of Corus Entertainment Inc. as the company warned investors on Thursday that it would miss its profit guidance for the financial year.
Tribune Co. says it will separate its publishing business from its broadcast division, following the path taken by Time Warner Inc. and News Corp.
Former BBC director general Mark Thompson, now CEO of the New York Times Co., was also criticized from afar in a hearing in the U.K. parliament.
Former CBC-TV exec shares some of the secrets of her success, including why she thinks it’s not such a bad thing to be addicted to your "CrackBerry".
Columnist questions why there hasn't there been greater public outrage about the cynicism of the "just metadata" mantra regarding the collection of data by the NSA and GCHQ.
The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada collects licence fees from businesses that use music, and channels those royalties to the songwriters who composed the works.
Columnist say that in the future, technology will cease to be something we turn on and off, and will become an inextricable part of not only our environment, but ourselves.
Columnist says the public is being told that the NSA and GCHQ have 'only' been collecting metadata, not content, is nothing to be thankful for.
Columnist says the government's model provides an illusion that firms are competing, which may be great for the industry, but isn't for consumers.
The British public broadcaster says it had suspended its 3-D programming plans, citing a lack of viewer interest in the technology that brings three-dimensional images to TV.
The BBC's head of 3D TV ambitions has said the public broadcaster will take at least a three-year break from developing 3D programming starting at the end of the year.
BCE says it has acquired all of Astral’s Class A, Class B and special shares for total consideration of $3-billion, paid entirely in cash.
Columnist says DirecTV, The Chernin Group and Guggenheim Digital Media all bring unique attributes that make them attractive buyers of the video streaming service, but there are risks for Hulu with each as the bidding closes.
A study commissioned by Industry Canada and the CRTC says mobile phone charges in Canada are falling, but high-speed wireless Internet costs remain steep by international standards.
Newcap Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of Dartmouth’s Newfoundland Capital Corp. Ltd., has acquired the radio broadcasting licence for CHNI-FM in Saint John, N.B., from Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
Newfoundland Capital Corp. says it has signed a deal to buy the radio broadcasting licence for CHNI-FM in Saint John from Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
As André Bureau and Pierre Roy exit, Jacques Parisien is tapped to head up specialty, pay TV, radio and out-of-home ad units.
The first in a series about the challenges of big European public broadcasters looks at Spain’s once-mighty Radio Television Espanola.
A study commissioned by Industry Canada and the CRTC says prices for cellphone services — including voice and data — have decreased since last year, putting Canada in the middle of the pack internationally.
Carriers appealing the CRTC's decision to eliminate three year cell phone contracts say "it sets a troublesome precedent if the government comes in and makes changes to consumer contracts retroactively."
Canada's big-three wireless carriers have filed a motion with the Federal Court of Appeal to overturn parts of the CRTC's new consumer code for cellphone service in Canada.
Announced by Bell Media president Kevin Crull, Jacques Parisien will become president, national specialty and pay TV, radio and out-of-home; Charles Benoît is named president, television and radio, Quebec; and Luc Quétel is appointed president, Astral Out-of-Home.
A review finds the U.K. public broadcaster offers an "impressive" breadth of views, but should better present opinions from people outside of political institutions.
Canada's major telecom companies are challenging part of the CRTC's new wireless code of conduct, saying it would affect millions of three-year cellphone contracts retroactively.
Carriers poised to challenge parts of CRTC’s new wireless code by Rita Trichur and Steve Ladurantaye
BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Telus Corp., SaskTel and MTS are among a group of carriers that is poised to file a motion with the Federal Court of Appeal, seeking leave to appeal from certain facets of the CRTC’s wireless code.
Columnist says that from squashing surveillance laws to net neutrality, several triumphs dot the policy landscape.
Columnist says Sirius XM, created in 2011 out of the merger of two formerly competing and profit-challenged operations is expected to report stellar financial results.
Columnist says it is worth celebrating the many positive developments that dot the Canadian digital policy landscape.
Britain's National Audit Office says the BBC has breached its own policies on severance payments "too often" and without good reason, exceeding contractual entitlements and putting public trust at risk.
British media regulator Ofcom says the pay TV satellite operator, in which Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox owns a 39 percent stake, did not violate rules in the so-called "canoe man" case.
Tribune Co. says it has reached a deal to buy Local TV Holdings LLC’s 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion (U.S.) in cash, significantly boosting its television business as it looks to sell its newspaper operations.
Tribune to buy Local TV's 19 stations for $2.73 billion, to be nation's top local broadcaster by Ryan Nakashima
The acquisition makes the media conglomerate the nation's No. 1 local TV broadcaster and broadens its reach to nearly half the country, or more than 50 million households.
Many advocates of transparent government are now calling for the law to apply to the House of Commons, Senate and cabinet — with appropriate exceptions to protect matters of parliamentary privilege.
Columnist says that as viewers turn away from paid TV in bigger numbers, TSN and Sportsnet are looking to their sports holdings to keep subscribers from cutting the cord.
Tribune Co. says that it would acquire 19 television stations from Local TV Holdings LLC for $2.73-billion in cash, making it the largest TV broadcaster in the United States.
Writer says Astral Media ruling reverses rising tide of ownership concentration.
Mergers could also help blunt new challenges from companies like Intel, which is working on a subscriber TV service that would be delivered via the Internet.
Columnist says the CRTC can say what it wants, but it’s clear that the Bell/Astral deal is good for the new giant company, and bad for Canadians in general.
Aereo, a startup that is trying to challenge cable and satellite TV packages with an $8-a-month offering over the Internet, says it will expand to Chicago in September.
Columnist says ever since Netflix Inc. made its debut in Canada 2 & 1/2 years ago, traditional broadcasters have used the streaming video site’s presence to justify a strategy of buying specialty channels and sports franchises in a bid to control content.
An investment analyst with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy says the Crown corporation could have an intrinsic value of between $1.7 billion and $3.2 billion.
BCE Inc. is in the process of selling off a number of Astral Media's radio and TV specialty stations as part of the regulatory approval for the $3.4-billion acquisition, but says it won't delay the closing of the deal.
Lee Bragg, CEO of Halifax-based Eastlink, says he is disappointed with the CRTC's approval of BCE’s second bid to purchase Astral Media for $3.4 billion.
Columnists say that in a decision that could spark a new round of consolidation, the federal broadcast regulator has given Bell Media the green light to acquire Astral Media, clearing the way for the communications giant to build a larger footprint in Quebec.
Columnist says Canada's broadcast regulator has cleared the way for BCE Inc. to finally lay claim to Astral Media Inc.'s radio and television properties, but the approval comes with unprecedented conditions intended to keep the media behemoth from abusing its market power.
The Greek government decided to shut it down the country's public broadcaster without authorisation from parliament.
UPDATED (3): Commission approves Bell/Astral takeover - with 13 conditions; boosts benefits by $72M by Greg O’Brien
Columnist says the CRTC has approved the $3.2 billion purchase of Astral Media by BCE Inc., but Bell’s regulatory people have a large amount paperwork to file before July 29th in order to satisfy the various conditions of the approval.
Columnist says that Heritage Canada's stance on foreign publishers is inconsistent and not transparent.
Columnist says that Heritage Canada's stance on foreign publishers is inconsistent and not transparent.
Canada's telecommunications regulator has approved BCE Inc.'s $3.4-billion takeover of Montreal-based media giant Astral Media Inc., but with several conditions that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says will protect the public interest.
Columnist says that while analysts applauded the decision, saying it allows Bell an avenue for expansion in a country where opportunities are limited, consumer groups said it will mean less choice for Canadians and higher prices.
A local retiree is claiming damages from broadcaster NHK because he says foreign words are making its programs impossible for the country's elderly to understand.
The regulator rejected an earlier bid for approval of the transaction, but agreed this time after the phone giant agreed to sell off assets and invest more money in Canadian content.
Columnists say the Liberty Media mogul is inhaling other cable operators as he attempts to own all of the future's methods of distribution.
CRTC says TSN 690 must maintain English all-sports format for seven years.
The CRTC has approved the revised bid by Bell Media-parent BCE to acquire Astral Media for $3.4 billion.
Columnist says it’s tough times for public TV and even rougher for CBC, with new rules, plus U.S. competition.
The CRTC rejected the deal last fall, saying it wasn't in the interest of Canadians.
Conservative talk show host Dave Rutherford has been removed from the air after criticizing his station's coverage of flooding in Southern Alberta.
Longtime radio personality Dave Rutherford off the air after criticizing station’s flood coverage y Eric Volmers
Talk-show host Dave Rutherford’s longtime morning show on NewsTalk 770 has been cancelled by Corus Radio one day after the conservative commentator criticized his station’s coverage of Calgary’s flood crisis.
CBC Windsor, Channel 9, will add 30 minutes to its evening newscast in September, and cancel CBC News Latenight at 11 p.m.
Columnist says broadcasters are rushing to inundate viewers with a more immersive experience using social media.
Columnist says that after years of being criticized by investors for his love of newspapers, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch takes a step closer to cleaving off the declining publishing business.
Fotis Kouvelis, the Democratic Left leader, said that the party would continue to support the Greek government in Parliament.
Columnist says Canadians don’t want to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., according to a poll that shows 51 per cent of respondents want the government to continue operating the broadcaster’s television and radio stations.
FRIENDS points out that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed all the current members of CBC’s board of directors, including its president.
The Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission is reviewing Northwestel's modernization plan and the possible terms to allow competitors into the northern market.
UK pay TV broadcaster Sky has no imminent Ultra HD launch plans but is nonetheless examining delivery options, which include over the internet rather than traditional satellite.
Columnist says the fate of Greek's ERT is still uncertain, while state-backed networks across Europe are slashing budgets and cutting back on Hollywood fare.
Columnist says Trudeau also should not have accepted $20,000 from Rogers Media for a speech shortly after he was first elected, in 2008 because the telecommunications industry is regulated by the federal government.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau reportedly was paid $20,000 while a backbench MP in 2008 to speak to Rogers Media.
Columnist says that while the CRTC rejected BCE’s initial bid for Astral, the telecom giant has amended its takeover bid — and most are expecting it to be approved.
Difference Capital Financial Inc., the Canadian merchant bank founded by former GMP Capital Inc. trader Michael Wekerle, named Jim Shaw and Ivan Fecan to its board.
Difference Capital Financial Inc., the Canadian merchant bank founded by former GMP Capital Inc. trader Michael Wekerle, named Jim Shaw and Ivan Fecan to its board.
Author says that while the PBS model of public broadcasting might look like a viable option, the fact is that Canada simply is not populous enough, nor well-enough endowed with foundations and philanthropists, to support a broadcast system that would provide anything like the level of service currently expected of the CBC.
Iristel is moving to provide local telephone service in Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Inuvik, challenging Northwestel for market share in Canada’s north.
NorthwesTel Inc. makes the case for its $233-million network modernization plan for communication services across the Far North at a hearing of the country’s telecom regulator.
Columnist says that despite a slight drop last year in dollars spent on U.S. TV shows, Canadian private broadcasters are still feeding their addiction to popular American series at the expense of local dramas and sitcoms.
Brian Sewell: the BBC's factual television is an insult to the nation by Michael Hogan and Brian Sewell
Art critic Brian Sewell denounces most factual TV as disgracefully dumbed-down – particularly on the BBC – while television writer Michael Hogan begs to differ
Columnist says television stars like Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin arrived to the Senate already accustomed to fine wine and privilege, and having pay packets that make a newspaperman’s wage look more chump change in a tip jar.
Former CBC Vice President Kirtine Stewart oversees Twitter Canada's launch as its new managing director.
Columnist says when CBC radio eliminated ads in 1975, the result was happiness among private broadcasters, and an explosion of creative excellence that earned to the network a large and fanatically loyal audience.
Employees defied the government shutdown and continued to broadcast live coverage of the protests online after over-the-air transmissions were blocked.
Demonstrations are planned in London and Paris after Athens shuts down its national broadcaster to cut costs.
According to CBC's president, "Ici" will never appear on the screen without "Radio-Canada".
Columnist says that after sounding the alarm last week, Federal Heritage Minister James Moore welcomes a decision by Canada’s public broadcaster to retreat on a planned change to its French-language name.
Hubert Lacroix, the president of Radio-Canada and CBC, said the broadcaster shouldn’t have changed its name to “Ici” so abruptly last week, dropping “Canada” from its public image and raising the ire of Canadians confused by the move away from a name that has served the broadcaster for decades.
Executive vice-president of CBC/Radio-Canada French Services says he's confident that there will be no doubt in the mind of French-speaking Canadians across the country that Ici stands for “Ici Radio-Canada.”
The CBC has apologized and revised a marketing plan that would have seen its traditional name, "Radio-Canada," essentially wiped off the public stage.
Columnist says Radio-Canada is entitled to choose its branding, but it would be wrong to obscure or eclipse the word “Canada.”
Columnist says that when Radio-Canada announced last week that it would rebrand itself as "ICI", the plan swiftly met widespread condemnation and mockery, especially from those angered over dropping the word Canada.
FRIENDS says the decision to place ads on CBC Radio has put the public corporation on the path to further commercialisation.
Columnist says The CBC has now lived long enough to outrun several generations of justifications for its existence.
Columnist says the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s French-language service has erased the Radio and Canada from its new platform designations.
Columnist says the proposed rebranding of the French-language CBC has produced a round of criticism - including from its own employees.
Louis Lalande, executive vice-president at Radio-Canada, says the new brand name "Ici" — French for, "Here" — will be part of the organization's identity but the name won't otherwise change.
Radio Canada International reports that Canadian diplomats have started worldwide strikes after negotiations fell apart with their employer, the Canadian government.
Columnist says the name change has been rumoured for months but has been made official with an announcement from the public broadcaster.
Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber has resigned from the Conservative caucus over what he calls the government’s ‘‘lack of commitment to transparency.”
MP Brent Rathgeber has resigned from the Conservative caucus because of “the government’s lack of commitment to transparency.”
Columnist says the CRTC's new code of conduct for wireless carriers will usher in several consumer-friendly rights, such as caps on roaming and data charges, as well as an effective ban on three-year contracts.
The federal government won't allow Mobilicity to transfer its wireless spectrum to larger rival Telus, Industry Minister Christian Paradis says, killing the companies' $380-million takeover deal.
PricewaterhouseCoopers says services like Netflix and Hulu will help keep the U.S. as the biggest entertainment market in the world for the foreseeable future.
Columnists says the federal government isn’t giving up on its efforts to see a fourth wireless carrier in every regional market, rejecting Telus Corp.’s controversial bid to buy struggling upstart Mobilicity, but leaving the door wide open to industry consolidation down the road.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) says that Bill C-461 is so ill-conceived and potentially damaging to the journalistic integrity of the CBC that it cannot be saved through amendments, but rather the Bill should be withdrawn or defeated.
Columnists say Canada’s governing Conservative Party is using this week’s policy decisions about the wireless telephone industry to appeal to supporters for money.
In his speech to delegates at the Association des producteurs de films et de television du Quebec (APFTQ) conference, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais addressed the regulator’s decision to renew the CBC’s licences to 2018, and challenges that both the Quebec industry and the regulator are facing looking to the future of the expanding digital marketplace.
Columnist says the CRTC has cleared the way for CBC to transform itself over its next five-year licence term, in a ruling that allows for changes across much of the broadcaster’s operations.
Feds’ budget bill expected to move third reading this week, but opposition parties say report stage out of order
Opposition MPs say the House Finance Committee has overstepped its authority in considering amendments to the budget bill.
Columnist says that after months of stalled negotiations over its planned Internet radio service, Apple is pushing to complete licensing deals with music companies so it can reveal the service as early as next week, according to people briefed on the talks.
Columnist says that shortly before the CRTC released its decision allowing advertising on Radio 2, a $15,000 campaign advertising the paywall of Postmedia had been pulled from CBC TV stations in Regina, Windsor, and Edmonton.
Canadian actor Eric Peterson was in Parliament expecting to be honoured for receiving the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement but instead walked out, offended by Heritage Minister James Moore's comments.
Columnist says that Heritage Minister James Moore deflected questions from the Senate expenses scandal by raising instances of alleged ethical lapses by various NDP and Liberal parliamentarians.
Columnist says the CRTC's decision to allow advertising on Radio 2 and Éspace Musique eliminates CBC radio’s distinctiveness and therefore its relevance.
The Force’s dark side: CBC is becoming a major media machine and its next target is your local newspaper by Brian Lilley
Columnist says consumers may like getting their news for free, but if things don’t change, CBC will be the only game in town after they shut down local newspapers.
Columnist says if online petitioners and other organizations are really concerned about the future of the CBC, their time would be better spent developing more effective campaigns.
Kory Teneycke, vice-president of Sun News, says the CRTC granting mandatory carriage status to CBC News Network and RDI is consistent with their own application for mandatory carriage.
Columnist says it is a myth perpetuated by Sun News, and now spoken by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, that CBC is an out-of-control spending machine.
Critics charge that the controversial decision to allow the commercialization of Radio 2 and Espace Musique has created a “slippery slope” that will change the face of the public broadcaster forever.
The CBC has been given permission by the federal broadcast regulator to introduce advertising on some of its radio networks, breaking a four-decade tradition of commercial-free service.
La Presse business writer Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot describes the CRTC decision to allow advertising on CBC's radio services, and reports reactions from CBC management and FRIENDS.
FRIENDS says if the Conservative government gets their way, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will cease being a public broadcaster and become a state broadcaster.
Columnist says the CRCT has announced that CBC will be allowed to air four minutes of national paid advertising per hour on its terrestrial radio music services to help offset federal budget cuts.
Columnist says ads will be coming to CBC Radio 2 after the CRTC approves the public broadcaster’s request to open its airwaves to commercial messages.
The CRTC says it will allow some advertising on CBC’s secondary radio French and English networks.
Julie Bristow, executive director of studio and unscripted programming, is leaving the CBC.
Columnist says TBS and TNT are about to become the first national entertainment networks to stream on-air content live across multiple platforms, likely positioning the stations to eventually (though not yet) sell their content direct to consumers on an à la carte online basis, rather than only through traditional cable TV packages.
Bill C-60 will make the government the “effective employer” of the CBC: media groups by Tamara Baluja
Several media organizations, including the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression have launched an advertising campaign to protest Bill C-60.
CRTC decision on the CBC's broadcast licence renewals.
Columnist says that six months after Revelstoke residents complained they weren’t consulted when the CBC radio feed was switched from the Kelowna bureau to the new Kamloops one, the issue drags on without a decision or resolution.
CBC President Hubert Lacroix speaks about the recent CRTC decision allowing the public broadcaster to place commercial advertising on Radio 2 and L'Espace Musique.
CBC says the CRTC's decision to allow the public broadcaster to introduce advertising to CBC Radio 2 and Espace musique will help the Corporation ensure that its music services can continue to be a point of discovery for Canadian music fans.
Reporters’ associations and the CBC’s unions say the integrity of news gathering would be affected if the federal government is allowed to participate in contract negotiations between the public broadcaster and its employees.
Columnist asks whether the mass programming renewal at CBC is related to the fact Kirstine Stewart has left the public broadcaster.
A number of journalist groups are asking Canadians to write to their MPs to demand changes to Bill C-60 which would give the government a role in negotiating CBC contracts.
Writer says Bill C-60 has deep implications for both federal labour relations and for the essential arm’s-length status of the CBC and some 173,000 concerned Canadians have signed a petition to protect the independence of our public broadcaster.
Columnist examines how journalist independence is impacted when networks need to please their sponsors.
Columnist discusses the roll our of CBC's fall programming schedule.
Former Prime Minister Mulroney speaks at fundraiser for Dean Del Mastro, MP for Peterborough, Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Harper.
FRIENDS says Bill C-60 provisions threaten the CBC's editorial independence.
Columnist says the French-German co-production Crossing Lines is among the new series being touted by the public broadcaster, which admits the cop drama contains no Canadian funds, locales or characters.
Columnist says the CBC has grabbed Recipe to Riches away from Shaw Media’s Food Network as it adds the series as a tent pole to its winter 2014 lineup.
In "Who Owns the Future?" Jaron Lanier examines how the Web eliminates employment and job security, along with revenues that give the economic middle stability.
Columnist says targeting the Internet video service is just part of a strategy to push for regulation.
Conservative MP James Moore says that he isn't launching a campaign for the Conservative Party leadership.
Columnists say that the Telus-Mobilicity takeover announcement is a powerful signal that the current government’s wireless strategy is on life support.
This letter to the editor of Le Devoir from two distinguished Quebec academics in media and public law expresses alarm with Bill C-60's "elephant in the china shop" approach to government control of the CBC.
Sun News Network says Duffy plays no role whatsoever in its ongoing efforts to become a mandatory part of Canadian cable packages.
Columnist says that as Sun News is asking the CRTC to grant it “must carry” status, former CTV reporter Marc Patrone has moved to the network, shortly after finishing a five-year stint as a CRTC commissioner.
Columnist says the two channels have gone on shopping sprees and carved up the sports landscape, but the battle is still going on.
Columnist says CBC is keeping secret the cost of its new local radio station, while it spars with private stations that are upset to be competing with the public broadcaster.
Senator Mike Duffy is alleged to have asked a Conservative insider to urge the CRTC to grant Sun TV News mandatory carriage.
Researcher says the CBC’s latest report confirms that many programs on the main TV service, despite efforts to be more “popular,” have fallen to audience levels not much greater than many specialty channels.
Columnist says the taxpayer-funded CBC is keeping secret the cost of its new local radio station, while it spars with private stations that are upset to be competing with the public purse.
9(1)(h) COMMENTARY: Maybe the CRTC should impose a penetration rate based card on the whole industry by Greg O'Brien
Writer says big BDUs often treat independent broadcasters like unworthy annoyances, and not the partners they are.
Former Conservative MP Peter Penashue blames CBC News reports on his spending for having defined him very negatively.
New research finds 92 percent of time spent on news consumption is still on legacy platforms by Rick Edmonds
Columnist says when you measure news consumption in the U.S. by time spent, rather than raw audience numbers, digital platforms are getting only 8 percent of the action.
BCE Inc. chief executive George Cope says that the sale of further French television services or the pay service The Movie Network would defeat the two strategic rationales his company has for buying Astral.
Columnist says the significance of the federal government’s surprise decision to involve itself directly in the union-management negotiations of 49 crown corporations, including the CBC, is that the Conservatives are using the current economic climate to justify taking apart pensions.
Rogers says Bell should be forced to sell Astral's Movie Network pay TV service if the CRTC is going to allow the $3.4-billion revised merger of the two companies to go ahead.
FRIENDS, Leadnow and SumOfUs say that no public broadcaster anywhere in the free world faces the degree of political interference as that proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60.
Q host Jian Ghomeshi says the CBC is not in crisis and that CBC holds the largest audience share in the country.
Columnist says that rather than claiming limited impact, the CRTC should embrace services such as Netflix by concluding that they are a boon to both consumers and content creators, consistent with its policy mandate that does not require regulatory change or protection for established Canadian broadcasters.
Cogeco CEO Louis Audet asked the CRTC on Wednesday to again block Bell's revised $3.4-billion deal to buy Montreal-based Astral.
Moore denies threat to CBC independence as Mother Corp gets a little help from its Friends by Kelsey Johnson
The ‘FREE CBC from political interference’ petition calls for the network to remain independent from the government says FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison.
FRIENDS says no public broadcaster in any free and democratic country anywhere in the world faces political interference with its editorial independence as proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60.
Rogers says Bell should be forced to sell Astral's Movie Network pay TV service if the CRTC is going to allow the $3.4-billion revised merger of the two companies to go ahead.
Telecom company Eastlink remains opposed to Bell’s bid to buy specialty TV and radio company Astral Media despite changes to the deal and is asking the CRTC to turn the merger down for a second time.
FRIENDS delivers a petition on the Parliament Hill signed by more than 100,000 Canadians.
Critics fear Tories’ changes to collective bargaining at Crown corporations will threaten CBC independence by Joanna Smith
Columnist says groups, such as FRIENDS, who are worried that government involvement in labour negotiations at Crown corporations will threaten the independence of the CBC are stepping up efforts to persuade the Conservatives to reconsider.
FRIENDS says the independence of CBC is under attack as the government proposes to bring union contracts of Crown corporations under Treasury Board control.
FRIENDS says that with ultimate control of the salaries and working conditions of all CBC employees in the hands of the government, as proposed in Bill C-60, the CBC would have to contend with the perception that its editorial decisions may be politically motivated.
The Canadian Media Guild says Bill C-60 opens the door to direct political interference in the biggest news organization in the country.
BCE Inc. says consumers will get more content and Bell will play fair with its competitors as it makes a revised sales pitch to the CRTC seeking approval for its $3.4-billion takeover of Astral Media.
Columnist suggests that a vast, disengaged population represents a crisis more authentic than the matter of ad dollars and hockey on CBC.
Columnist says that to go after the CBC is also to go after its French-language counterpart and Radio-Canada is an essential part of the cultural food chain of the country’s francophone minorities.
Editorial says the federal Conservatives have tabled a deceptively innocuous, deeply worrying piece of legislation that will give the government unprecedented controls over Crown corporations.
Columnist says Bell Media argues that by controlling more content it will be able to create its own competing services and ensure the money spent by Canadians stays in Canada.
A former mayor of Blainville, who now sits on CBC's board of directors, has been named before Quebec's corruption inquiry in connection with party funding allegations.
Columnist says Bell is heading to the CRTC for a second time in hopes that its plan to sell off the majority of Astral Media's TV channels will be enough to appease the regulator's worries its takeover of the media company would not be good for Canadians.
Conrad Black says the CBC has not so much suffered from a strangled budget, but from the misallocation of resources to an administrative clot of bureaucratic stagnation riveted on a network whose creative budget and personnel have been forced to carry a top-lofty bureaucracy.
Columnist says the federal government has again encroached on the independence of the CBC by imposing a new policy that would constrain the union agreements of the CBC and other Crown Corporations.
If CRTC doesn’t give guaranteed spot to Sun News it will be a ‘death sentence,’ network says by Steve Rennie
Sun News Network has made its final pitch to the federal telecommunications regulator, saying anything short of a guaranteed spot on the dial would spell the end of the channel.
CBC integrity not in danger through federal changes to labour negotiations: Minister by Daniel Proussalidis
Heritage Minister James Moore says the CBC has "full independence of what they decide to put on the air or not, on radio and television or online" and that the editorial independence of CBC is entirely untouched.
Columnist says it seems that however much politicians might pay lip service to the idea of an independent CBC, once in power, very few like it.
CBC says salary increases at the public broadcaster have averaged 1.9% over the past seven years while salaries in the private sector have increased an average of 3% over the same period.
FRIENDS believes that Bill C-60 takes direct aim at the independence of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Columnist says outgoing CBC VP English Services Kirstine Stewart was stuck with tight budgets, few resources, a smaller pool of talent, and competition from commercial broadcasters with a great deal more money and resources to splash around.
Feds threatening journalist independence of CBC under new power over wages, benefits, collective bargaining, say critics by Tim Naumetz
FRIENDS says the government is threatening the journalistic independence of the CBC with legislation that will give Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet power over CBC collective bargaining with unions representing several thousand news and current affairs personnel.
Conservatives’ move to control negotiations at Crown corporations part of broader agenda for public service contracts by Kathryn May
Columnist says the Conservative government’s move to control the mandate of contract negotiations between Crown corporations and its employees is part of its sweeping plan to make the pay and benefits of all federal workers more affordable and in line with the private sector.
FRIENDS says the heavy presence of Conservative Party donors on the CBC's Board of Directors “will further undermine the CBC’s independence from government."
Columnists say the federal government is taking a harder line on collective bargaining, giving itself sweeping new powers to steer independent Crown corporations on their negotiations with employees over wages and benefits.
FRIENDS says new proposed powers over CBC pay and the heavy presence of Conservative Party donors “will further undermine the CBC’s independence from government.”
The Canadian Medsia Guild says the Conservative government's budget bill contains disturbing changes that introduce direct government interference in the public broadcaster's activities and is a move that should concern all Canadians.
The President of China, Obama and Harper Go To Heaven: Allan Gregg On The Rise of Dogma in Canada by Allan Gregg
Public opinion researcher Allan Gregg says Canada is experiencing an "assault on reason".
Columnist says the federal government’s latest budget bill would give Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet the power to dictate collective bargaining and terms for other salaries and working conditions at the CBC.
Kirstine Stewart, the executive vice-president of CBC’s English Services, has left the public broadcaster after seven years to oversee the new Canadian office of Twitter.
Stewart’s responsibilities will be taken over by Neil McEneaney, CBC GM, finance and strategy, on an interim basis with the CBC saying that a recruitment process will be launched immediately.
Columnist says the regulatory process has been likened to winning the lottery, since channels selected for mandatory carriage are guaranteed millions in revenue regardless of whether Canadians watch or even want the channel.
Canada’s largest wireless carrier reports first-quarter results that show more of its customers are upgrading to smartphones, which is generating higher data revenues as users access Internet-based services.
CBC Radio says it must take its Waterloo Region local morning show, The Morning Edition, off the air, but that it will continue to be available to its listeners online.
FRIENDS says it's time the people of Labrador had an MP who will fight to ensure the stories and events of Labrador and its people are covered by the national public broadcaster for Labradorians and all Canadians.
Rogers Communications Inc. says its first-quarter profits grew 15 per cent, helped partly by more subscribers upgrading their smartphones.
Columnist says that two years into its existence, Sun News Network has established itself as the go-to source for information about Sun News Network.
The CRTC will hear from almost two dozen companies over the next two weeks, each asking for placement on basic digital television packages.
FRIENDS says cuts to the CBC have reduced coverage of Labrador drastically and only a handful of CBC staffers are on the job to cover the enormous territory.
Columnist says CBC rankings in "Rank My Hospital" are fairy tale products of an elaborate con game and that statistical techniques were misused to manufacture phony findings while giving the impression of scientific rigor.
Tessa Sproule, Director of Digital at CBC, wonders whether the jury is still out at CBC on how important second screen apps are.
World Intellectual Property Organization discusses a Broadcasting Treaty to protect the rights of broadcasting organizations.
The BBC says it will broadcast a documentary about North Korea after a war of words between the public broadcaster and the London School of Economics over the use of students to help get into the communist state.
Columnist says that facts don't change, regardless of how some politicians treat the journalists who cover them.
The LSE questions the journalistic ethics of the BBC, after misleading students and posing as members of the London School of Economics during a recent trip to North Korea.
Columnist says the Canada Revenue Agency wants to cut a deal with the CBC that would allow the broadcaster to protect its secret sources, but also rat out tax cheats who have money tucked away in offshore accounts.
Columnist says Toronto-based Corus Entertainment saw earnings for the three months to Feb. 28 plunge to $5.9 million, against a profit of $31.6 million in 2012 while Corus' combined revenue fell to $183.7 million, compared to a year-earlier $205.6 million.
The parent company of Sirius XM Canada Inc. announces it had a $4.1-million profit in the second quarter as the number of self-paying subscribers to its satellite radio services increased by 12.8 per cent from the same time last year.
The fight for carriage: TV channels' quest for prized cable spots by Simon Houpt and Steve Ladurantaye
Columnist says for as long as cable television has existed, there has been tension between broadcasters and distributors over how to divide the spoils, but that the stakes have rarely been quite this high.
National Revenue Minister Gail Shea says Ottawa will use the courts to try and get the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to hand over leaked data naming people who have allegedly used offshore tax havens.
Columnist says Bell Media hopes to save Book Television by focusing less on shows about actual books, and more on dramas and comedies based on books.
In a first, the U.K. public broadcaster details Tony Hall's employment deal, which includes a shorter notice period.
Three of Canada's new wireless carriers say they will better serve their customers outside the industry's lobby group, which they accuse of favouring Rogers, Bell and Telus.
Columnist says provincial and territorial health department officials held cross-country meetings and agreed to a "national decision" to deny a CBC request for information about individual hospitals.
The CRTC says that during the past year, cable companies have reported a modest growth in revenues and subscribers, while satellite companies have recorded a decline in both categories.
The CRTC says the number of Canadian households subscribing to basic television service offered by cable companies increased by two per cent to reach 8.7 million for the year ended Aug. 31, 2012.
Columnist says Cogeco Cable Inc. is still opposed to BCE Inc. buying specialty broadcaster Astral Media despite changes to the deal, saying consumers will have higher costs and less choice.
News Corp.'s Chase Carey: Aereo Could Force Fox Off Broadcast Air by Eriq Gardner , Carolyn Giardina
News Corp. president Chase Carey warns that if the company is not able to protect its right to its content from platforms such as Aereo it will consider turning the network into a subscription service.
News Corp executive threatens to convert free-to-air Fox into pay TV channel to thwart Aereo by Ryan Nakashima
A top executive with the owner of the Fox broadcast network has threatened to convert the network to a pay-TV-only channel if Internet startup Aereo Inc. continues to "steal" Fox's over-the-air signal and sell it to consumers without paying for rights.
Columnist says the golden age of cable is reaching new heights, pushing audiences to different platforms and transforming what, and how, we watch.
The fight for carriage: TV channels' quest for prized cable spots by Simon Houpt and Steve Ladurantaye
Columnists say some industry are warning that now the policy of mandatory carriage, in trying to help more than a dozen new channels come to life, might accidentally hasten the demise of the regulated Canadian television broadcasting system as we know it.
Columnist remembers writer and satirist Kildare Dobbs.
Former MP Peter Penashue feels CBC has treated him unfairly.
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says it would be “a real stretch” for the CRTC to order a private company to give up a particular frequency to another broadcaster.
Columnist says the Canadian broadcast veteran will consult for the indie producer which launched a 50-50 joint venture with Lionsgate to make global TV series.
Does credibility take a hit when media companies both own teams and employ sports journalists? by Ryan Mallough
Dustin Parkes, writer for TheScore.com says when media companies own sports teams or exclusive broadcast rights, they are more likely to cover the events merely as a public relations wing of the sports franchise.
Columnist says firms such as BCE and Rogers are still adding to their subscriber bases, but the rate of growth has slowed dramatically.
Columnist suggests the CRTC remove mandatory-carriage status altogether in favour of allowing consumers to choose their own channel packages la carte.
Historic signals: BCN broadcasts the National Convention 67 years ago, radio began carrying the most important debates in our history by Jeff Webb
Professor discusses how radio began carrying the most important debates in our history, starting with BCN's broadcast of the National Convention 67 years ago.
Writer reflects on Ted Rogers and his role with Toronto sports teams.
Columnist says Canadians deserve public radio that searches out its own ways to experiment with, and provide a playground for, great art.
Columnist says the BBC has postponed airing an episode of its flagship investigative news program Panorama and suspended a member of the production team amid allegations of bribery.
Columnist says nowhere is Canadians’ defeatist attitude more evident than in our collective approach to our country’s films.
Cape Breton musician speaks out about the dismissive attitude of school board officials towards performing arts, which he says puts millions into the Nova Scotia economy.
Columnist asks how are Rogers can maintain editorial integrity while covering the Toronto Blue Jays when the company owns the team.
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand says it is “becoming urgent” for the government to update the elections law to deal with misleading robocalls.
Coun. Brian McHattie brought forth a motion at city council asking the CRTC to order Astral Media to give up one of its Toronto frequencies that can be heard in Hamilton so that the CBC could broadcast Hamilton-related content on that frequency.
Columnist says the CBC is launching a branded entertainment development initiative, a program that aims to create new daytime programming for the pubcaster.
The broadcaster stops airing after “unacceptable and misleading” programming disruptions by its government-owned carrier.
Columnist says Rogers has put considerable effort into building its sports brands over the last several years, with an eye to pass Bell Media’s TSN as the premiere sports channel on Canadian television.
Little Mosque on the Prairie will be broadcast on the new US network aimed at 15-34 year old who "want to change the world."
The French-language arm of CBC is considering changing its name.
BBC World News and BBC.com release world’s largest global study of news consumption habits across multiple devices
BBC World News and BBC.com release world’s largest global study of news consumption habits across multiple devices.
White Pine Pictures has sold CBC police procedural Cracked to the U.S. and France, in one of several recent overseas deals that highlight the improved fortunes of Canadian television production.
The proposed tax credit system for high end TV, animation and video games has leapt through the final hoops standing its way and will be in place from April 1, 2013.
CBS says the channel, available in more than 80 million homes, will continue to focus on entertainment and will combine CBS’ programming, production and marketing with Lions Gate’s resources in movies, TV shows and digital content.
First Nations filmmakers use business skills, social media savvy to bring TV shows to niche markets by Jenny Lee
Columnist says it’s a tiny niche in an otherwise troubled industry, but B.C.-based aboriginal filmmakers are busy and working.
Columnist says Canadian cable television is a wasteland, only watching three of the 150 she purchases, and doesn't compare to print media.
CTV says The Social will tackle pop culture and lifestyle topics on behalf of viewers invited to connect with the hosts live through email and text messages.
Columnist says there has been trouble in getting the word out about music streaming services, how to use them and changing music lovers' habits.
The CRTC's national code of conduct will not override existing provincial legislation that has been put in place to protect consumers but will be designed to work alongside those provincial laws.
Columnist says to allow politics or ideology to play a part in the CRTC's decision regarding the Sun News Network application for mandatory carriage would be a clear violation of regulatory integrity.
Columnist says there has been difficulty in getting the word out about streaming services, how to use them and changing music lovers’ habits.
Ontario taxpayer-funded 'Pipe Trouble' has raised serious concerns about the public broadcaster advocating violence.
An online game funded by Ontario taxpayers that shows the bombing of a gas pipeline and drew criticism from the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia is being reviewed.
Professor Beaudet argues that CIDA, like the CBC, has been a symbol from the past that the Conservatives have wanted to kill since they came to power in 2006.
Columnist says that unlike the Conservatives, who press hot-button issues such as gun control and public funding of the CBC to garner donations, Justin Trudeau is successful without even needing an issue.
Former NHL Goaltender and MP says that in Stompin' Tom Connors and Don Cherry's patriotism, they have come to monopolize so many of the symbols of Canada, leaving little room for those who feel just as strongly but who express their feelings differently.
Caleb Screpnek says he realizes the CBC is unlikely to see its funding increased under the Harper government, but is hoping to see its budget left alone.
The CFL and broadcaster are extending the exclusive TV and digital-rights relationship they’ve had since 2008 till 2018.
TV Ontario will pull an online game that depicts the bombing of a gas pipeline after drawing fire from the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she is disappointed to see a taxpayer-funded online game showing the bombing of a gas pipeline.
Ontario's public broadcaster, TVO, has pulled an online game showing the bombing of a gas pipeline off of its website.
Columnist says union members will protest amid continuing job cuts, workload complaints and claims of bullying and harassment.
Author says StarlightTV, broadcasting Canadian movies 24/7, would be a great cultural gift but wonders whether the CRTC will stand up to the cable giants.
Columnist says the BBC's corporate social-media accounts for weather, Arabic and Radio Ulster are all victims of hacking from group.
CFL commissioner Mark Cohon says the road to profitability for the league’s two troubled southern Ontario teams is now significantly easier thanks to a lucrative new broadcast agreement.
TSN announces a new deal with the CFL extending through to 2018.
Columnist says Canadians have no recourse if the CRTC allows Sun TV onto basic cable.
CBC President Hubert Lacroix says CBC needs ads on radio or else there will be cuts and format changes to Radio Two and Espace musique.
The CRTC is asking consumers and telemarketers for their views on how to reduce unwanted calls and is taking a close look at the rules for automated calls.
Columnist says that Canada is the most carrier-friendly market in the world as measured by average revenue per user or ARPU.
Columnist says the BBC's commercial arm disposed of its Lonely Planet travel guide biz for $77 million to Brad Kelley’s Nashville-based NC2 Media.
Sun News Network wants to cut a deal with the CRTC, suggesting that it be included on digital basic cable for five years to give it a chance to win over Canadians with its mix of “hard news and straight talk.”
The BBC paid 130 million pounds for the guide and sold it for 51.5 million pounds.
TVO wrote to approximately 200 communities in Ontario where the educational broadcaster planned to decommission towers to offer the towers to communities rather than dismantle them.
In his new book, veteran journalist and author Wade Rowland ponders ways for Canada's public broadcaster to survive.
Columnist says Sun News Network wants to cut a deal with Canada’s broadcast regulator, suggesting that it be included on digital basic cable for five years to give it a chance to win over Canadians with its mix of “hard news and straight talk.”
Budget 2013: Millions axed last year, but deeper cuts likely on the way Thursday by Stephanie Levitz
Columnist says Statistics Canada used to survey how much the government spent on culture funding, but that study has been axed, one of almost three dozen reports either eliminated or pared back by the agency to save money.
British politicians strike a last-minute deal on press regulation, unveiling new rules that aim to curb the worst abuses of the country's scandal-ridden media.
Corus Entertainment Inc. says the Competition Bureau has cleared it to buy the remaining half of Teletoon and other specialty TV interests from Astral Media Inc.
Public broadcasting creates informed citizens – but only if we invest in it by Stuart Soroka and Blake Andrew
Columnists say the strongest public broadcasters in the world quite clearly help produce more informed citizens than do private broadcasters.
Writer discusses Max Ferguson's long career and influence with the CBC.
The CRTC says "a disproportionate amount of OWN's schedule is still composed of 'life-enhancing' programming, with the result of an insufficient representation of basic, skills-related and credit-based programming."
Canada's television regulator said Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel is breaking the terms of its broadcast licence by focusing too heavily on food, fitness and beauty while neglecting educational programming.
Québecor Inc. announces a series of management changes that will see Karl Péladeau step down as president and chief executive officer of both Quebecor Media and its publicly-traded parent Quebecor Inc.
Columnist says Herring Broadcasting has partnered with the "Washington Times" to create a conservative-leaning news outlet that complements, if not competes with, Fox News.
Columnist says the high profile and sometimes controversial CEO of Quebecor Inc. is stepping down but Pierre Karl Peladeau will still have influence over his company's corporate strategy.
The CRTC tells Canadian licensee Corus Entertainment to comply with OWN Canada's educational mandate or face loss of broadcast license.
Former Liberal cabinet minister Liza Frulla has stepped down from her position as a political commentator for Radio-Canada following allegations made at the Charbonneau commission that involved her husband’s company.
The CRTC says Corus Entertainment Inc., which owns the Canadian rights to OWN, has failed to adhere to the terms of its licence, which originally had been granted for the channel known as Canadian Learning Television (CLT).
Prime Minister David Cameron says cross-party talks with other political leaders on regulating Britain’s rambunctious press have broken down and that he will pursue his own proposal for a system of self-regulation.
Quebec media boss Pierre Karl Peladeau is stepping down as president and CEO of Quebecor Inc. and Quebecor Media.
Columnist says the CEO of Quebecor Inc. is stepping down to devote more time to family and philanthropy, but Pierre Karl Peladeau will still have influence over the media and telecom company’s corporate strategy.
Columnist says as long as Karl Péladeau is alive, he is – and will remain – Quebecor’s only real boss.
Peladeau will be staying on board to oversee corporate strategy at both companies as chairman of Quebec Media and of private broadcaster TVA Group and vice-chairman of Quebecor.
Columnist says Bell Media wants to redirect millions of dollars in new program funding toward the creation of dramas and comedies, citing a lack of interest and limited audiences for "high-end performing and visual arts programming."
Columnist says that even while television executives are stating Canadian content is competetive, behind the scenes, many are busy manoeuvring to reduce the Canadian-content obligations of their own TV channels.
Columnist says she is unhappy CBC won’t reveal how many taxpayer dollars are being used to create Kitchener-Waterloo's own local CBC radio station.
Bell Media wants to redirect millions of dollars in new program funding toward the creation of new dramas and comedies, citing a lack of interest and limited audiences for “high-end performing and visual arts programming.”
FRIENDS says that BCE has a good chance of getting approval of its takeover of Astral Media because BCE has likely “cleaned up the garden and arranged more completely and fully to meet the tests the regulator has laid out.”
Columnist says Canadian content regulations probably have no bigger or more blatant beneficiary than the industry now touting the virtues of economic freedom.
The CRTC requires companies acquiring TV or radio assets to spend a percentage of the purchase price (10 per cent for TV and six per cent for radio) on what it calls “tangible benefits” — money that helps the broadcasting system as a whole.
Editorial suggests recent CBC biopic about Jack Layton is an unpaid political advertisement for the NDP.
Columnist says that with the launch of the"Generation Listen" campaign, NPR is making a conscious movement to connect itself with younger audiences and connect these fans to one another.
A survey by the National Citizens Coalition finds that CBC privatization petition signers are most likely viewers of Sun News Network, vote Conservative and live in Toronto.
Editorial says that with studies showing Canadians having the highest average wireless bills and among the highest roaming charges in the world, more competition can’t arrive soon enough.
Fantasy sports are a $4 billion industry in North America, and Leonard Asper bets they can they sustain a 24-hour TV channel.
The BBC channel, home to "The Killing" and "Borgen," inks deals for Swedish thrillers based on Arne Dahl's novels and Italian period crime show "Inspector Da Luca."
Debug received financing from Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corp.
Columnist asks why Canadians have a government-funded TV station in competition with private broadcasters.
Quarterly radio ratings released by BBM Canada show the station has vaulted past its main competitor, Virgin Radio 96, into first place in overall ratings among English-language music stations, with an 18.6-per-cent market share compared with 15.9 per cent for Virgin.
BBM Canada figures show more Vancouver and Victoria area adults watch television news, on a per-capita basis, than any other English market in Canada.
Murdoch’s spun-off publisher seen as possible bidder for Time Inc. by Liana B. Baker & Jennifer Saba
Analysts estimate that Time Inc., which is expected to become a stand-alone public company at the end of the year, will be worth about $2-billion to $3-billion.
Kevin Crull tells an Ottawa conference the current industry pact between Canadian producers and broadcasters remains "balanced and a win-win for the industry."
Production company owner says he is thankful for the cultural industries transition fund because it will replace, with actual cash, the in-kind support received from Saskatchewan peers in the industry.
Ferguson was best known for his programs "The Max Ferguson Show" and "Rawhide" in a career that spanned more than 50 years.
Coalition of families, artists, educators, and TVO/TFO employees come together to tell Ontario Government public educational broadcasting “still matters”
Concerned with declining government funding for the province's public educational broadcasters and the recent loss of made-in-Ontario programs on TVO, a coalition of families, educators, artists, and employees are coming together to seek a greater voice in shaping the future of TVO and TFO.
In more than 50 years at the CBC, Ferguson became a celebrated satirist and award-winning broadcaster and writer.
Columnist says that at a time when all of the major legacy Canadian publishers are rushing to erect paywalls around content, the CBC is actively tilting the playing field, making it even more difficult for publishers to survive.
Complete details of BCE Inc.'s second shot at winning regulatory approval for its friendly takeover of Astral Media Inc. are now public after the CRTC published the new proposal.
J. P. Cormier says that Tom Connors' insistence upon writing about Canadian cities and people, rather than chasing riches Stateside, was a sadly unique position for a marquee Canadian artist.
A report by OpenMedia finds the most frequent complaint among Canadians who participated in its survey was that cellphone users feel they’re being forced to accept poor and disrespectful customer service.
Columnist says that with three-quarters of Canadians living within 100 miles of the United States border and flooded by American media, many Canadians strive to preserve a distinct cultural identity, and Tom Connors seemed eager to lead the fight.
Columnist says private networks want a share of the profits from sales of homegrown series like “Flashpoint” and “Rookie Blue” to the U.S. networks.
BCE Inc. and Astral Media Inc. have proposed a $174.64-million tangible benefits package in a renewed effort to win the CRTC’s approval of their plan to combine two of Canada’s biggest media companies.
The Toronto-based publisher of newspapers, books and digital content posted a net income decline of 62 per cent to $24.1 million, or 30 cents per share compared to $64.3 million or 81 cents per share in the same period the previous year.
BCE Inc. and Astral Media Inc. have proposed a $174.64-million tangible benefits package in a renewed effort to win the CRTC's approval of their plan to combine two of Canada's biggest media companies.
Plaintiff James Anderson has launched a class action lawsuit against Bell for charging fees for 911 service in areas where it doesn't exist.
Columnist says that although Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro has been listed as a member of the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee since shortly after the 2011 election, the Ontario MP hasn’t attended a meeting in more than nine months.
The CRTC has made public the terms of Canadian phone giant Bell's revised $3.38 billion takeover bid for indie broadcaster Astral Media, which includes $174.64 million in sweeteners to secure regulator approval.
A year after it proposed to kill TSN Radio 690 by converting it into a French-language radio station, owner Bell Media is drumming up public support to save it.
The CRTC has called Bell arrogant for expecting that the commission will just approve the change from an English-language station to a French-language one, simply because Bell has asked it to.
CBC president Hubert Lacroix blasts Sun News Network and Quebecor Inc. for "deliberately misleading Canadians" with allegations that the CBC is a "hotbed of sexual harassment."
U.S.-based travel site skift.com says that BBC Worldwide is in negotiations with Kentucky billionaire Brad Kelley over a sale of the book series.
Canadians in rural communities in BC, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario and New Brunswick can now see community channels in their area.
Excerpt from CBC president Hubert Lacroix’s opening statement before the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women, wherein he responds to reports by Sun News Network on sexual harassment at CBC and allegations about David Suzuki.
Corus Entertainment Inc. says it wants to aggressively expand its television offerings in Quebec and its purchase of several speciality channels in the province is only the first step in its plan.
The president of CBC / Radio-Canada attacks the Sun News Network and its corporate parent Quebecor Inc. for what he says are deliberately misleading allegations that the public broadcaster is “a hotbed of sexual harassment.”
Hubert Lacroix, CBC President, Criticizes Sun News Over Sexual Harassment, David Suzuki ‘Escort' Claims
Hubert Lacroix, CBC president and CEO, implies to the Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women that Sun News has failed to uphold journalistic standards when it reported that the CBC is a “hotbed of sexual harassment.”
Columnist says that lthough digital media revenues continue to grow, publishers risk losing control of selling process to agencies and advertisers.
Columnist says details of BCE Inc.’s bid to buy Astral Media are likely to cause a major stir in the Canadian media sector, as the company’s rivals launched an all-out offensive to scuttle BCE’s first attempt.
The Competition Bureau announces that, following an extensive review of BCE Inc.'s (Bell) proposed acquisition of Astral Media Inc. (Astral), it has reached an agreement with Bell that preserves competition in the supply of English and French pay and specialty television programming services in Canada.
Columnist says losing another broadcasting voice, and another outlet for ideas and stories and information, would not be good for Canada, especially if no other voice is likely to take its place.
Columnist says that months after announcing a new deal to buy Astral Media Inc. for $3-billion, the details of BCE Inc.’s bid will be made public for the first time and are likely to cause a major stir in the Canadian media sector.
Columnist says Canadian TV is more cost-effective, more commercial, and vastly more significant to Canadians' daily lives.
Columnist questions what happens to democracy if the Web business model can't fund journalism.
FRIENDS spokesperson says commercials would turn Radio Two into a commercial broadcaster chasing audiences, with programs being chosen to drive audience share rather than following the CBC mandate to be distinctive.
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is asking Canada’s broadcast regulator to keep its signal on basic cable and bump its subscriber fee so it can keep up with higher costs and commission more television shows for the channel.
Quebecor CEO says Astral’s attempt to halt a new, homegrown service is incomprehensible at a time when American services like Netflix and organizations like Apple TV are attracting growing interest from viewers.
Astral Media launches its much-anticipated The Movie Network GO this week, giving subscribers access to more than 1,000 hours of content on mobile devices and computers.
Columnist questions whether the principle of independent journalism is diminished when those who have interviewed politicians and covered political stories then sit as appointed members of government.
Movie Network GO will allow subscribers to watch shows on their computers or mobile devices.
Tory staffer linked to robocalls by Sun News opposes network’s request for must-carry status by Stephen Maher
Sun New Network has applied for must-carry status — the same status enjoyed by CBC and CTV news networks — to provide a revenue stream for its unique blend of right-of-centre commentary and news reports.
Columnist says a newly released documents paint a picture of the BBC as a highly dysfunctional, top-heavy organization divided into discrete, rival factions, and weighed down by mistrust, poor communication, buck-passing and internecine squabbling.
Key findings in Ipsos Reid’s most recent wave of Mobil-ology, a syndicated study of the mobile market in Canada, show that 47% of Canadians now report using a Smartphone, a significant increase over last year, when 34% of Canadians reported using such a device.
Columnist responds to Rick Salutin's recent column suggesting that CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge "has pretty much retired on-air".
Columnist says the Nielsen Company is expanding its definition of television and will introduce a comprehensive plan to capture all video viewing including broadband and Xbox and iPads.
BBC journalists walked off the job Monday in a 24-hour strike to protest job cuts at the broadcaster.
David Cameron says there were no grounds for a strike by BBC journalists because the corporation remains well-funded after a license-fee deal in 2010.
Study shows that kinder, gentler television content may steer your child away from aggressive, anti-social behaviour.
Other programming replaces flagship TV morning show "Breakfast" after a union of journalists calls for a 24-hour protest against job cuts.
Columnist says the CRTC should dismantle the foreign ownership restrictions that keep the industry in too few Canadian hands and ban outsiders from controlling telecoms.
Columnist says that while consumers complain about being handcuffed to long-term cellphone contracts, CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais has told Bell Mobility to estimate the cost of reintroducing one- and two-year deals the company withdrew at the end of 2011.
Canada’s telecom regulator paid a to the Edmonton offices of RackNine Inc., a voice-broadcasting company used by the Conservative Party to deploy a robocall poll opposing changes to Saskatchewan riding boundaries.
Tony Hall expands Tim Davie’s role as head of BBC Worldwide and names BBC News director Helen Boaden as head of BBC Radio.
The official opposition says a private member's bill aimed at prying open the CBC's books is hypocritical and represents an ideological attack on the public broadcaster.
Representatives of three consumer groups urged the regulator to do away with three-year terms in favour of capping contracts at two years.
An analysis of the CRTC's public benefits policy using the case of the Canadian Media Research Consortium.
CRTC to hear consumers on hot-button issues like roaming, 3-year contracts, handsets by LuAnn LaSalle
The CRTC is aiming for a set of national standards for the content and clarity of cellphone contracts.
Evan Solomon, host of CBC Radio's The House, reflects on the rules surrounding robocalls, as heard in his weekly radio essay on Feb. 9, 2013.
Veteran anchor says the mission CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge signed up for has been abandoned.
BCE's net earnings are up 45.7 per cent from a year earlier in the three months ended Dec. 31, rising to $708 million or 91 cents per share.
The chief executive officer of BCE Inc. says there are misguided fears about the state of wireless competition even though Canadians benefit from having an industry that is brimming with carrier rivalries.
Columnist says BCE Inc. will expand its Fibe TV service this year to more than 10 cities, confident that it can take away customers from its cable competitors.
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has appointed Ravida Din, who has been an executive producer and producer at the organization since 2007, as the director general of its English program.
CBC is parcelling off limited packages of rights to both TSN and Sportsnet for the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games.
Editorial says that Sun News Network wanted mandatory carriage, then said it would never resort to such a low tactic after it was told it couldn’t have it, and is now asking Canadians to support its request for mandatory carriage on the grounds that the CRTC is stifling debate.
Canada's Competition Bureau also says wireless service contracts should be limited in duration, noting that long-term contracts like the three-year terms common among Canadian wireless carriers, can harm competition.
Liberals say CRTC should investigate robocalls over Saskatchewan riding boundaries by Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher
Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski says Conservative political director Jenni Byrne is ultimately responsible for a “deceptive” push poll conducted in Saskatchewan without the knowledge of Tory MPs.
Columnist says the CRTC's draft regarding a new wireless code offers consumers information but not enough action.
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, as many as 61 percent of Facebook members have tuned out the website for weeks and sometimes months at a time.
OpenMedia.ca says a back room deal for Shaw to sell its spectrum, purchased four years ago, to cellphone giant Rogers has put competition in Canada’s cellphone market in jeopardy.
Responding to David Elstein, Horatio Mortimer argues that the BBC's funding model means it is accountable to 'the public' rather than 'consumers'.
Columnist says the CRTC's new code ultimately disappoints because its underlying philosophy is that consumer frustrations can be best addressed by more information.
CBC is the only broadcaster who is among the top ten most influential brands in Canada.
Google has agreed to create a 60m euro fund to help French media organizations improve their internet operations.
A new non-profit society will consolidate the responsibilities of the B.C. Film Commission and BC Film + Media when it begins operations, working with film and television, digital media, music, publishing and other creative sectors to identify new growth opportunities.
Columnist says that with the expected popularity of the Toronto Blue Jays during the summer on Sportsnet, having a strong summer property to counter baseball is important to TSN, Canada’s most profitable cable sports operation in 2012.
Almost a year after Bell Media laid off 16 on-air staff, another round of layoffs has hit CTV Ottawa and radio stations BOB-FM and Majic 100.
Dawson recently reproached Finance Minister Jim Flaherty for writing to the CRTC to advocate for a radio licence application from a business in his riding.
Columnist says CBC paid out 30 invoices during the 2009-2010 fiscal year to lawyers and investigators to settle harassment cases.
According to Nielsen’s new U.S. Consumer Usage Report 2012, nearly 120 million people within television homes own four or more TV sets, and 16% of television homes own a tablet.
Columnist says the CRTC should hold off for a while before deciding on the Bell/Astral deal, because the tools the regulator will rely on to assess the transaction are not up to the task.
CEO of Québecor Inc., says that while a free-market approach is a noble vision, and one to build toward, it bears little resemblance to the television market as it operates today.
Columnist says Sun News has little potential to sell outside of a closed, highly regulated Canadian market so hamstringing them compared to their competitors is unfair.
Darren Entwistle, president and chief executive officer of Telus Corp. says the federal government should establish a definitive plan to relax the foreign investment rules for large telecom companies over a three to five year period.
Columnist says if approved, new broadcast distribution rules would significantly increase monthly cable bills with consumers forced to pay for channels they may not want.
The BBC's chief will assume duties April 2.
The commissioner’s office issued two compliance orders to MP Eve Adams and MP Colin Carrie.
Despite the irony in Sun TV’s plea, critics should back its bid for mandatory carriage by Simon Houpt
Columnist says Canada is a government-regulated oligopoly in which independent programmers can only reach their audiences through a few large players who happen to have channels that directly compete with those indies.
Columnist says if Sun News, or any service, finds itself unable to attract paying viewers, it may be because there is no market for what it is selling.
The CRTC has ruled that Canadian wireless carriers must make changes to their networks and systems to support 911 emergency text messages from hearing and speech-impaired persons.
Columnist says CKUA’s decision to axe its local news programming is troubling enough – but the cancellation of Folk Routes has caused a storm of outrage.
Cartt.ca IN-DEPTH: Tweets of change; Kirstine Stewart leads English CBC through its "new normal" by Greg O'Brien
An edited transcript of Cartt.ca editor and publisher Greg O’Brien's interview with CBC Vice President of English Services, Kirstine Stewart.
Blue Jays out of Dodgers’ league after L.A. reportedly signs $7-billion TV deal by Steve Ladurantaye
Columnist says without a massive broadcasting deal, Rogers has put its money on boosting its payroll in the coming season to fill seats and hopefully turn its baseball team’s winning record into higher ratings for its television network.
Based near Kitchener City Hall, the station will broadcast a local weekday morning show starting at 6 a.m., hosted by Craig Norris.
The European Publishers Counci has come up with recommendations for media companies to be tightly regulated by independent bodies that would have the power to investigate complaints and enforce fines.
Columnists say Sun News Network is arguing its signal must be broadcast into every Canadian home if it is ever going to recover from losses that have already reached $17-million a year.
Columnist says television ratings for the truncated NHL season’s opening day hit blockbuster numbers, with two out of three of the CBC’s broadcasts scoring record viewership.
Broadcasting Union says the digital revolution and accelerated media convergence have given rise to new factors impacting media freedom and pluralism.
Sun News asks pro-lifers to support ‘do or die’ application to broadcast regulator by Patrick B. Craine
Columnist says Sun News Network is an application to the CRTC for mandatory inclusion in basic cable packages, and is urging pro-life and pro-family advocates to get behind them.
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says he believes that there is an ideological basis to CBC cuts and to proposals for commercial alternatives.
Columnist says the do-or-die application to the CRTC from Sun News Network calls for more subscriber revenue to stem deep operating losses.
Blogger says the Swedish Public Service Council has objected to a commission proposal to support the public service company - Sveriges Radio (SR) - to go DAB with state funding.
According to a recent Nielsen Media Survey, nearly 40 per cent of primetime viewing by younger viewers — defined in Nielsen terms as anyone between 18-34 years of age — is of shows recorded for later viewing.
Finance minister says using title was an ‘oversight’, promises it won’t happen again.
Globe and Mail editorial says the federal Ethics Commissioner was right to rule that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty breached the Conflict of Interest Act when he wrote to the CRTC in support of a company based in his riding.
The federal Ethics Commissioner has ruled Finance Minister Jim Flaherty acted improperly and breached the Conflict of Interest Act by writing a letter to the CRTC on behalf of a constituent.
Responding to a dressing down from the federal ethics watchdog, finance minister Jim Flaherty says any wrongdoing was borne of an "oversight."
Columnist says Don Cherry will appear between periods of the second game of doubleheaders as well as his usual Coach’s Corner perch in Game 1.
Rogers Media is asking the federal broadcast regulator for changes to how The Score TV channel breaks into live sports programming with highlight packages.
Non-profit advocacy organization OpenMedia.ca said the onus remains on the consumer to report any traffic throttling to the CRTC.
BCE Inc.'s northern subsidiary, NorthwesTel, announces sweeping modernization plans for Canada's northern parts Thursday that include rolling out third-generation or "3G" mobile services to 67 communities for the first time.
The CRTC received 75 complaints of traffic throttling last year against Internet providers large and small, some with multiple complaints.
Columnist says small wireless player Wind Mobile, part of a wave of new companies that have brought Canadians more competition in the cellphone market, has signed a deal to owned by a global telecom company.
The federal ethics commissioner says Finance Minister Jim Flaherty broke the rules by supporting the radio licence application of a company in his riding.
RCMP helps investigate allegations against Tory MP’s election campaign by Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher
RCMP investigates Dean del Mastro's election campaign finances.
Columnist says the Conservative government will not say whether it stands by its own accountability rules for members of cabinet after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was accused of breaching the guidelines.
Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro distances himself from a statement his office issued attacking a Postmedia reporter who wrote about the investigation into his campaign finances.
Columnist says despite the extra work involved, a review of his spending on TV in 2012 shows cutting the cord was the smarter financial choice.
The CRTC will look at an application from Toronto-based Ethnic Channels Group to add a 3D family-oriented channel to its lineup.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty urged the federal broadcast regulator to grant a radio licence to a company in his Ontario riding even though government rules on cabinet responsibility forbid ministers from influencing the decisions of administrative tribunals.
The U.K. public broadcaster in the fall found itself leaderless and launching probes after allegations against the late former TV host.
Toronto-based Corus saw Q1 earnings rise to $54 million during the three months to Nov. 30, 2012, against a profit of $52.7 million in 2011.
Cracked, a 13 episode series on CBC from White Pine Pictures, has Beta Film as the international distribution partner on the Canadian-financed series.
Leonard Asper has secured a license from the CRTC to launch a cable network allowing viewers to imagine themselves operating real franchises.
CTV President Phil King discusses what works and what doesn't in Canadian Television.
FX President John Landgraf says the availability of powerful assault weapons and ammunition are most responsible for violence than television shows.
Columnist says Netflix is producing dramas and comedies people can watch, at any time, without ads, as long as they're paid-up Netflix subscribers.
openDemocracy's Chairman says the creative and journalistic ambitions of the BBC are held back by its dogmatic commitment to an ineffective and unethical funding mechanism.
Columnist says public broadcasting programming continues to remind us of the possibility - and necessity - of a culture which is not simply driven by the logics of profit and celebrity.
Bell looks to the CRTC for an abbreviated public hearing in its second application to acquire Astral.
BCE Inc. and Astral Media Inc. hope that Canadian regulators will cut the companies a break and hold “abbreviated hearings” into their proposed $3-billion merger, which has already been rejected once over concerns about media concentration.
Columnist says the rebranding initiative began appearing in late 2012 with a new City logo, but the change has been so quiet that some viewers, even branding experts, may not have noticed.
Columnist says Shaw Communications Inc. posted a better-than-expected quarter to start the year, helped along by a particularly strong performance by its television division that it built from the ashes of the CanWest Global Communications Corp. empire.
Columnist says The CBC is looking for a public-relations company to help it get its news programs and in-house celebrities in front of more viewers and “break through the cluttered media environment.”
Columnist says negotiations between new owners could set the pace for a TV battle to come.
RDS president Gerry Frappier says Quebec's leading French-language sports TV network would likely have done better financially if the entire season had been scorched by the lockout.
Columnist says Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. are set to test the friendliness of their partnership as they divvy up the NHL team’s radio broadcasts ahead of a shortened season.
Columnist says an overwhelming majority of Canadians believe arts and culture is worthy of government support, according to the results of a poll commissioned by Canadian Heritage.
Columnist says an electrical fire at a Shaw Communications Inc.’s Calgary headquarters that threw the city into a state of emergency as it scrambled to restore key services has cost the company $11-million so far.
Shaw Communications Inc. has reported $235 million or 50 cents per share of net income in the three months ending Nov. 30.
Judge tells CableTec it must pay Bell Aliant for unpaid invoices on Net, phone service.
The co-creator of the toddler TV sensation says shifting kids TV to digital channels is "dismissive of children."
Columnist says there is hope that a shortened 48- or 50-game NHL season will mitigate the impact of the coffer-draining players lockout on the CBC.
Columnist says American conservatives and Jewish leaders are up in arms over former vice-president Al Gore's sale of Current TV to Al-Jazeera, accusing the noted climate change activist of everything from hypocrisy to lining his pockets with cash from anti-Americans.
Columnist says that with its $500 million purchase of left-leaning Current TV, the Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera will soon be seen in tens of millions of U.S. homes.
Al Jazeera said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster’s footprint in the United States.
Columnist says Qatari network Al Jazeera’s purchase of Al Gore’s Current news channel has resulted in Time Warner Cable promptly dropping Current, denying the forthcoming Al Jazeera America access to Time Warner subscribers.
CBC says it can pull a team together for "Hockey Night in Canada" as owners and players seal an agreement to salvage the season.
CKLB Radio says lack of federal funding is forcing them to shut down.